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August 9, 2013

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August, 2013 | Winners Stories | Southern California

Retired Navy Yeoman Claims San Diego POWERBALL® Ticket


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Seven Tickets Worth $289K Each Still Unclaimed

SACRAMENTO – Gloria Lawson isn’t a big Lottery player. In fact, Wednesday night was the first time she had played in two years. So you can imagine her confusion when she was watching the news and she saw that the numbers on her ticket and the winning numbers matched almost exactly. “I saw the numbers and I couldn’t believe it so I woke up my eight-year-old and had him read them to me again,” she explained. Still not believing her eyes, she called a friend and asked her to read them to her as well. Finally, she realized she won, and then what did she do? “I paced and didn’t get much sleep,” she confessed.

The retired Navy Yeoman says she woke her son up because he knew what the numbers were – he chose them. “I asked him to tell me his favorite five numbers and he did,” Lawson said. The Powerball number was the only one they missed and Lawson chose it herself. Her son says he picked those numbers “because they just looked good.” And they were – almost $300,000 good! What does one do the day after she realizes she won that much money? “I went to work because I had to sing at a retirement party,” she said, right before breaking into the song she sung, “America the Beautiful.” Her son spoke up, “I tell her she should be on a TV show.”

Lawson decided to play the Lottery again after so long because her son found $2 earlier this week and that same day, she found a quarter. “I thought maybe it was a sign,” she said. But when Lawson called her mother to tell her, her mom chalked it up to the way she has been since she was a child, saying “You are just lucky. You always have been, even as a baby!”

Lawson’s ticket matched five out of six numbers and is worth $289,341. Her ticket successfully matched the numbers 58, 5, 25, 59 and 30, missing only the Powerball number 32. Lawson purchased her ticket at the Ralphs Grocery located at 5680 Mission Center Road in San Diego. She says she plans to pay off the few bills she has, invest and maybe treat her lucky-number-picking son to a Disney Cruise. “I’d like to do something nice for him,” she says.

The California Lottery reminds winners to sign the back of their ticket, keep tickets in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit their local Lottery District Office as soon as possible. Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim prizes. The jackpot can be claimed for up to a year from the date of the POWERBALL draw.

POWERBALL is a multistate game played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Players pick five numbers from 1 to 59 plus a Powerball number from 1 to 35. Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s POWERBALL site for more information. 

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