PUEBLO - Matching 5 numbers from Wednesday night's Powerball drawing may not have meant the record grand prize, but for Andrea McCarthy of Durango, the cash windfall is just fine.

McCarthy, a 35-year-old homemaker, was one of two Colorado players who matched the five numbers, but didn't match the red Powerball, to win $853,492.  Matching all five of the numbers drawn usually means a prize of $200,000, but McCarthy was one of 49 players nationwide who participated in the first Powerball Match 5 BONUS prize.  The BONUS prize was a result of the record $340,000,000 Powerball jackpot.   Sales that normally would have been added to the jackpot were used to supplement the 5 of 5 prize.
"I heard about the bonus prize after last Saturday's drawing," said McCarthy, who along with her husband, Tim, said they usually play Powerball but they were even more interested after seeing the jackpot continue to grow.  "We bought our tickets using the Quick Pick and this morning I realized that we had five numbers.  I called my husband and I couldn't stop crying."

The couple did not waste any time making arrangements to claim their prize at the Lottery's headquarters in Pueblo.

"We chartered a plane and flew right down," said Tim, a truck driver.  "We are in the process of buying a little place and this will come in handy right now."

His wife agreed.  "I think I'll make my husband build a horse arena so I can spend more time riding horses," she said.

The McCarthys are not only regular Lottery players, they are supporters of Lottery proceeds recipients as well.  "We've seen the impact of Lottery money in the Durango area and we're thankful Colorado has a Lottery," said Tim McCarthy.

McCarthy purchased her winning ticket at Huck Finn Exxon in Durango.  After tax withholding she will take home a check for $605,980.

The winning Powerball numbers were:  7-21-43-44-49 and the Powerball was 5.  Lottery officials say the next Powerball jackpot will have an estimated value of $15,000,000.


October 20, 2005
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