TV SHOW HELPED CUSHING RESIDENT WIN $20K
Jim Clements, a resident of Cushing, Oklahoma, won $20,000 on Sept. 26 playing Powerball.
Clements was one of fifteen Oklahomans to correctly match four of five white balls plus the Powerball earning $10,000. Seven of the winners, including Clements, also purchased the $1 Power Play multiplier, doubling their winnings to $20,000.
The other big winners were from Crescent, Drumright, Locust Grove, Mannsville, Moore, Newalla, Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Clements has played the Lottery occasionally since it launched in Oklahoma. He purchased his winning ticket at Happy Corner, located at 43239 W. S.H. 33 in Drumright, and credits the store’s owners for taking the time to educate him and answer questions he had about the Lottery.
“We are truly grateful for Darrell and Wanda Bolinger for the services they provide to the community,” Clements said. “Happy Corner is really an asset to the area.”
Television Series Helped Produce Winners
Several of Oklahoma’s big money winners, including Clements, chose their Powerball numbers from a show telecast Sunday on The Learning Channel. The show, "How the Lottery Changed My Life,” ran a set of six numbers the show claimed hit most frequently.
The TV show listed the six "most likely to hit” numbers as 8, 25, 31, 50, 44 and 54. Five of those six numbers were picked during Wednesday's Powerball drawing. The winning Powerball combination was 25, 27, 31, 44 and 54, with 8 as the Powerball number.
The odds of that happening for any drawing are 1 in 584,432, said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery.
Clements said he will play the same numbers from now on, and will play on a more regular basis.
$200K Winner From Pond Creek
The biggest local winner in Wednesday’s drawing was Denise Moore, a resident of Pond Creek, Oklahoma. Moore won $200,000 by matching all five white balls, missing only the Powerball.
“The whole town is in shock,” Moore said.
She plans to pay-off her house, buy a car and pay bills.
Pond Creek is located approximately 10 miles southwest of Medford, Oklahoma, near the Kansas border.
Moore has played the Lottery every draw since it launched in Oklahoma, but this is her first big win. She purchased her winning ticket at The Harvest Grill in Pond Creek because they’re the only Lottery retailer in town.
She did not use the TLC show to pick her numbers.
“There is no doubt that Oklahoma is in the midst of a Powerball winning streak,” said Oklahoma Lottery Executive Director Jim Scroggins. “Lottery Headquarters has been buzzing with excitement for the past several weeks with all of the big winners.”
The winners have 180 days from the day of the Sept. 26 drawing to claim their prize at Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters, 3817 N. Santa Fe in Oklahoma City.
Scroggins reminded players to carefully check their tickets after every draw and be sure to sign the back of their ticket to prove ownership. Players can obtain winning numbers on the Oklahoma Lottery website, www.lottery.ok.gov, or by visiting their closest Lottery retailer.
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $144 million has been contributed to education since November 2005.
For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.