CHOCTAW MAN WINS $200,000 PLAYING POWERBALL
Oklahoma City (June 26, 2009) – Gary Butler of Choctaw is the owner of a winning ticket worth $200,000 from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing. He purchased his ticket at the Circle K at 201 W. Britton Road in Oklahoma City.
Butler happened to stop for gas at Circle K and didn’t want to forget his Lottery ticket. He and his coworkers had been talking about what they would do if they ever won the Lottery.
“I was telling them that I didn’t think my lifestyle would change much if I ever won big,” he said. “I normally play Power Play but I was in a hurry to purchase my tickets and I didn’t this time.”
If he had purchased Power Play for an extra dollar, he would be a millionaire.
“From now on, I will definitely play Power Play,” he said.
Stopping again for gas on Thursday, Butler had the clerk run his ticket and immediately thought the clerk was joking about his win.
“I didn’t believe it at first. I had to look up the winning numbers online to really believe I had the winning ticket,” Butler said. He then immediately drove to the Lottery headquarters and claimed his ticket within 30 minutes of learning of his win.
He chose his winning numbers through Quick Pick and plans on using his new cash to pay bills and help his mother with her mortgage. Butler plays the Lottery knowing its proceeds help support Oklahoma education.
“I feel good about it and it’s one reason I play because it goes to a good cause,” Butler said. “I hope the lottery keeps raising money for schools because it’s a just cause.”
As part of the Oklahoma Lottery Retail Bonus Program, Circle K will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $271 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds directed to the higher education capital bond issue and funds directed to the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund (OELTF). The Oklahoma Legislature appropriates the OELTF.
Proceeds are used statewide to supplement existing funds for a variety of important education purposes, including: teacher compensation and benefits, early childhood development programs, college scholarships, classroom technology and construction of educational facilities.
For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.