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11/28/2006 1:25:07 PM

Couple won playing Powerball® with PowerPlay®

COLUMBIA, SC: It was 11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2006, and Philip Smith and his wife were watching the Powerball® drawing. The winning white numbers drawn were: 22, 32, 36, 49, and 55. The Smiths became frantic, so far all of their numbers matched.

“We started dancing in the middle of the living room,” said Mr. Smith, a hairstylist in Charlotte.

Then the announcer said, “And the red Powerball number is 8.” The Power-Play number was 5. While, the couple did not match the red Powerball® number to win the $54 million jackpot, they’d won $200,000 by matching all five white balls. The couple also chose to purchase the PowerPlay® option, which multiplied their winnings to $1 million.

“I called my son in Columbia at 11:30 p.m. and said, ‘I think we’ve won a million dollars,’” said Mrs. Smith. “I’m not a 100 percent sure, but I think we have.”

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, SCEL’s offices were closed. The couple had to wait until Monday, November 27, when the offices reopened to claim their winnings.

“My husband immediately signed the ticket and put it in his wallet,” said Mrs. Smith. “Then I decided to put the ticket in a plastic bag and I hid it in the house.”

The Smiths plan to put their winnings towards retirement. Mr. Smith wants a new screened-in porch. His wife said, “Honey, I think we can afford that now.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Circle MK #5116 located on Carowinds Boulevard in Fort Mill.

The jackpot for Wednesday, November 29, 2006 drawing is estimated to be $74 million.

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