Unlucky in lottery
My wife and I worked out at the Janesville Athletic Club on Wednesday evening, and on the way home, I suggested I should stop and buy a lottery ticket or two.
“Go ahead,” Cheryl said.
Like many people around here, no doubt, news of Darien’s Roger Cobb—a route driver for The Gazette—winning $1 million by matching five of the six numbers in Saturday’s Powerball enticed me to invest in Wednesday’s drawing as the jackpot pushed past $550 million.
I stopped at a gas station, asked for two computer picks, and plunked down $2 on the counter. Shows how seldom I play the lottery; I thought each ticket was just $1, rather than $2. So I paid the $4, and when the winning numbers weren’t announced early in the 10 p.m. television news, I turned off the TV and we went to bed.
I figured we could wait until morning to hear the great news of our winnings.
A story on Page 1A of today’s Gazette tells of the perils of winning a lottery. One West Virginia man who won $315 million a decade ago on Christmas later blamed the windfall for his granddaughter’s fatal drug overdose, his divorce, hundreds of lawsuits (Hundreds? Really?) and an absence of true friends.
Well, shucks, I needn’t worry. My two sets of numbers matched exactly NONE of the winning numbers (not surprising, given the percentages).
The winning numbers, by the way: 5-16-22-23-29 and Powerball 6.
Ten tickets sold in Wisconsin, however, matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball to win $10,000. Included was one sold at the Janesville Travel Center, 3222 Old Humes Road.
How much did you spend on tickets, and did you match any numbers?