Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Lottery fan just keeps on winning

There's no system, Erlanger man says

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Ronald Feder doesn't seem to be able to stop winning lottery games.

        The Erlanger electrician won a scratch-off game that sent him to Hollywood on Oct. 28 to compete in Powerball's TV game show.

        He won't say whether he won the $1 million grand prize, because his episode airs this Saturday.

[photo] Ronald Feder with Bob Eubanks, host of Powerball's TV game show
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        Since returning from California, though, he won $1,000 on another lottery ticket and found out he won another drawing and trip to the game show.

        Mr. Feder, 47, said he typically spends about $9 per week buying three Instant Powerball Game Show tickets.

        “I don't know why I'm so lucky,” he said.

        “There is no technique. I've hit five numbers on the Ohio lottery three times. It paid $1,000 two times and $1,500 the third time. But that's been six or seven years ago.”

        He normally buys his tickets at Gramer's Market in Erlander.

        “I sure hope we become the lucky place to buy lottery tickets,” Jane Gramer, co-owner of the shop, said upon hearing of Mr. Feder's winnings. Mr. Feder traveled with his wife, Donna, on his first trip to Hollywood.

        “I promised my daughter Megan, who's 8, that if I won again I would take her with us,” he said. “I never imagined that would really happen, so I guess I will be buying an extra ticket.”

        Mr. Feder will visit California again in December and spend an extra day there with his family. Each trip is an all-expenses-paid vacation for two that includes $500 in spending money.

        Mr. Feder is a self-employed master electrician. He will not receive any money won on the game show until after it airs.

        This is the first season for the Instant Powerball Game Show, hosted by Bob Eubanks of The Newlywed Game show fame.

        The half-hour show features different games of chance, including a segment in which contestants must guess which slot a ball falls into.

       The Instant Powerball Game Show airs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on WSTR (Channel 64).


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