August 31, 2006

Memphis Man Has Four Times the Fun on His Birthday

Royce Cook, Memphis, had a memorable birthday this year thanks to a Missouri Lottery surprise. Cook, 49, decided to choose the Power Play option for the Aug. 16 Powerball drawing since his birthday was the next day. He matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball to win a $10,000 Powerball prize. When the Power Play number came up as four, he multiplied his prize to $40,000.

Using Power Play allows all Powerball prizes except the jackpot to be multiplied up to five times. Players can add the Power Play option for $1.

Cook’s winning numbers were: 2, 13, 22, 50 and the Powerball was 2. He bought his winning ticket at Casey’s, 110 N. Clay in Memphis. He used Quick Pick to let the computer choose his lucky numbers.

Cook checked his numbers on-line the morning following the drawing and thought he had won at least $7. So he scanned his ticket on a Check-A-Ticket machine. When it told him he had won, but didn’t give him the amount, he realized he had won a much larger prize. Cook handed the clerk the ticket to have it checked, and she gave him a winning slip displaying his $40,000 prize amount. He said he was shaking when he saw it.

Cook called his wife, Carla, right away to share his good news. She didn’t believe him at first. The person in line behind Cook called her sister because she was shopping with Carla Cook.

“They were shopping, so I was a little scared to tell them,” Cook said.

The next family member to receive a call about Cook’s lucky win was his twin sister.

“I asked her what she got for her birthday,” Cook said. “Then I told her my present was better.”

With a daughter in college and one in high school, Cook has big plans for his prize.

“We plan to go on a summer trip and a Christmas vacation,” Cook said. “The rest will go toward that big (college) bill.”



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