Sunday, November 26, 2000

Powerball hopeful line up

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — In stores and gas stations across Kentucky on Saturday, thousands lined up over the prospects of winning the $105 million Powerball lottery. Many of the hopeful hailed from Ohio, where the lottery game is not offered.

        “It's been kind of crazy,” said Luke Taylor, a clerk at the BP station at Fourth and Philadelphia. “People were lined up clear to the back of the store. I'd say eight out of every 10 people came in just to buy Powerball tickets.”

    • The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball were: 2-37-38-39-42 Powerball 22. But lottery officials said there was no winner, so the jackpot jumps to $130 million next week.

        The chance at a state-sanctioned windfall brought Richard Meadows across the Ohio River from his Mount Airy home to play the popular Kentucky lottery game.

        “I don't really think I'll hit the big one, but if I won $100,000, I'd be tickled to death,” said Mr. Meadows.

        The drawing for the $105 million jackpot was Saturday evening. Winners have to match all five numbers plus the Powerball. Not since March has the Powerball offered a jackpot of more than $100 million.

        Jimmie McCray also crossed the Ohio River, from her College Hill home, to play. During her drive into Kentucky, she dreamed of retiring on her winnings.

        “I'd travel, relax and just enjoy life,” said Ms. McCray.

        Heather Roberts of White Oak said her husband usually makes the trip to the Bluegrass State to buy the family's Powerball ticket but that she filled in Saturday so he could instead cheer on the Colerain High School football team during its playoff game in Dayton, Ohio.

        “If we won, we would probably take a long trip. We would take an extended vacation,” said Ms. Roberts.

        Joe Early of South Cumminsville believes the number 17 is a lucky one for him, so he bought 17 Powerball chances, many of their combinations including his favorite digits.

        “If I won I'd go to Europe and visit France. Then I'd start a business,” said Mr. Early.


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