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Disabled Man Wins $200,000 Powerball Prize

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Last Edited: December 20, 2011, 3:22 pm

Donny Jones has been a familiar face at the Hometown Kitchen restaurant in Idaho Falls, ID as the head cook, but on Sunday, Jones realized he had won a $200,000 prize from the PowerBall game. (Source: KIFI/KIDK/CNN)

IDAHO FALLS, ID (KIFI/KIDK/CNN) – A disabled man's dreams came true when his lottery ticket turned out to be the winning ticket.

"I was in shock, I'm still in shock," said winner Donny Jones. "I'm going to pay most of my bills off and then go from there."

For 16 years, Jones has been a familiar face at the Hometown Kitchen restaurant in Idaho Falls, ID, as a dishwasher and now the head cook. On Sunday, Jones realized he had won a $200,000 prize from the state's PowerBall game.

Jones was born with a disability and he says his coworkers are like a family that always looks out for him. They are teaming together to make sure he uses the money wisely. His employment training specialist Linda Asher says she is very proud of Jones. 

Asher said when she heard Jones had won the lottery, her first thought was, "Oh my gosh, what a blessing."

It's a blessing that will bring Jones and his "work family" closer together.

"I love my job and I love my bosses and everybody I work with here," Jones said. 

There is no doubt his close friends will be there to help him with the savings account he hopes to open after the bills are paid. Jones used the winning numbers 13, 28, 49, 51 and 59 with a Powerball 14.

Jones will claim his prize after the New Year in Boise, ID.

Source: http://www.cbs3springfield.com/story/16359139/disabled-man-wins-lottery

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