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Unlucky in lottery

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Greg Peck
Thursday, November 29, 2012

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?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

Last updated: 10:05 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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