Friday, August 24, 2001

One ball off, but someone won 100 grand

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Someone who bought a Powerball ticket at the Cork 'n Bottle liquor store came within one number of winning Wednesday's $200 million jackpot.

        The unidentified person still won $100,000 for hitting the first five winning numbers - 2-28-30-36-39.

        “All they needed was 10, the Powerball number, but they came up just short,” cashier Mark Holland said Thursday. “We don't know who sold it or who the winner is, but it did indeed come from us. And somebody is $100,000 richer.”

        As of Thursday afternoon no one had come forward to claim the prize, one of three $100,000 second-prize winners sold in Kentucky. The other tickets were purchased in Owensboro along the Ohio River in western Kentucky and in Flemingsburg, about 90 minutes southeast of Cincinnati, in Fleming County.

        According to Mr. Holland, Powerball sales have been brisk the last week at Cork 'n Bottle, a liquor store near the foot of the Interstate 75 Brent Spence Bridge.

        “But once word gets out that we sold a $100,000 winner, we'll be swamped,” he said.


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