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Blacksburg Man Wins $30,000 Playing Powerball®
10/13/2010 8:43:22 AM

COLUMBIA, SC (October 12, 2010) – Paul Roberts of Blacksburg is fixated on $30,000. It's all he can think about. According to his girlfriend, out of the blue she'll hear him slowly speak the words, "thirty thousand dollars." Then silence. Maybe claiming his winning Powerball® ticket will be the cure.

"I've told everybody I know," Roberts said. "I'm just ecstatic. I won $30,000!"

Roberts hates to see the excitement come to an end. He admits he wore a hole in his carpet waiting for the moment he could hold the check in his hands. Now that he has it, he plans to save the winnings to make the moment last even longer.

The winner correctly matched four of the five white ball numbers and the red Powerball® number (2 - 6 - 32 - 42 - 49 - PB 35 PowerPlay: 3) drawn in the Saturday, October 9, 2010, Powerball® drawing. Roberts paid the extra dollar to purchase PowerPlay® which multiplied his $10,000 winnings to $30,000.

Bhardwaj Travel Center at 123 Simper Rd. in Blacksburg sold the winning ticket. Every retailer that sells a claimed ticket of $10,000 or more earns a 1 percent retailer commission, capped at $50,000. The retailer received $300.

Approximately 97 cents of every dollar spent by players on the South Carolina Education Lottery is returned to the state in the form of funding for education, prizes, retailer commissions, and payment to contractors for goods and services.

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