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Oklahoma lottery winner says yes to TV; no to marriage proposals

PowerballPowerball: Oklahoma lottery winner says yes to TV; no to marriage proposals

"Good Morning America," the ABC television morning news show, is looking for lottery winner Nita Jacobs of Sallisaw.

Jacobs was the winner Aug. 25 of $600,009 in the Powerball lottery. She won by choosing her numbers off football players' jerseys. Apparently because of her unusual manner of selecting numbers, "Good Morning America" hopes to present her story to the entire country.

The "Good Morning America" representative contacted a local paper Thursday, hoping to find Jacobs.

Jacobs said she would be glad to talk to them. "Maybe I'll get season tickets to the Cowboys," she said with a laugh.

Jacobs, a former racehorse trainer, now boards horses at her place north of Sallisaw. She had to give up training after knee surgery. Ironically, it was the knee surgery that led to her lottery win.

She explained, "I was on my way home Saturday and stopped at the store (Best Mart on Maple Street in Sallisaw), and I thought about buying a ticket. But my knee was hurting so I went on home.


"I was home about 15 minutes when a friend called. She was at the store buying milk and wanted to know if I needed anything. I told her 'I sure would like a ticket.' I told her just to pick out some numbers and she said 'Oh no.' I had to pick out my own numbers.

"I was watching the Cowboys football game and I just started reading the numbers off the jerseys, and I just scribbled them down."

Jacobs said after her lottery tickets were delivered, she threw her scribbled numbers down on the nightstand beside her bed, took a shower and made some sandwiches.

"Then I thought I'd better check my numbers. I went and got the numbers I scribbled down and when I got to the third or fourth number my hand began to shake. I couldn't believe it," Jacobs recalled.

Friends advised Jacobs to go back to the convenience store to check on her numbers.

"I was shaking and still in my pajamas, but I drove to the convenience store and they checked my numbers, then they all began whooping and hollering.

"There I was in my pajamas at the store and everybody was yelling," Jacobs said.

Jacobs had the Powerball's first five numbers right on her ticket, and the power play was times three. As a result, the five correct numbers, which pay $200,000, were multiplied times three, for a total of $600,000.

But that's not all.

Jacobs had bought more than one ticket. Her second ticket had no numbers right except for the power ball itself. Tickets with only the power ball win $3, and with the times-three power play, Jacobs won another $9. No one wants to think about what might have been if all the correct numbers had been on one ticket.

Jacobs said she plans to buy a new vehicle and perhaps take some trips. She'd really like to see a Dallas Cowboys game.

And, she reported, she did turn down all three marriage proposals she received Sunday.

"I walked into church and Rodger Smith (a retired jockey) got down on his knee and asked me to marry him," Jacobs said. "I told him no."

But, if "Good Morning America" calls, Jacobs said she won't tell them no.

 

Nita Jacobs of Sallisaw, winner of $600,009 in the Powerball lottery, is being sought by "Good Morning America" and several prospective husbands. Jacobs said she would be happy to be on the television show, but she turned down all the marriage proposals.

Times Online

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Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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Posted: September 5, 2007, 10:36 am - IP Logged

Congratulations to the winner. I'm sure that will certainly help with the medical bills.

Gonna win.Big Smile

    justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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    Posted: September 5, 2007, 11:14 am - IP Logged

    I am happy for every winner.  Like Bunky and the others, I don't understand why these people don't just say "thanks" and go home.  Of course then we wouldn't have all these threads on the Lottery News!  I hope she recovers from her surgery and doesn't get too hoarse from talking so much to the media. Depends on her mane goal. If she's not careful she might come down with a colt & it could turn out to be a real night mare if she's not a stable person.  I hope she doesn't foal around with her new fortune.  She won enough to buy a nice house in Philly.  The story mentioned she already got a proposal but said neigh to him. Maybe she'll soon meet a guy who will a tractor and she'll be wearing a bridle gown.  Anyway, I think he was just taking her for a ride, but she probably shouldn't stall too long.   I bet this happens a lot when people win money.  Has there ever been a gallup poll?

    Sorry guys.  I don't mean to be such a nag.  Sounds as if I'm always trying to stirrup trouble, but I think I'll bale out while I'm ahead.

    LOL

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      Posted: September 5, 2007, 11:47 am - IP Logged

      I am happy for every winner.  Like Bunky and the others, I don't understand why these people don't just say "thanks" and go home.  Of course then we wouldn't have all these threads on the Lottery News!  I hope she recovers from her surgery and doesn't get too hoarse from talking so much to the media. Depends on her mane goal. If she's not careful she might come down with a colt & it could turn out to be a real night mare if she's not a stable person.  I hope she doesn't foal around with her new fortune.  She won enough to buy a nice house in Philly.  The story mentioned she already got a proposal but said neigh to him. Maybe she'll soon meet a guy who will a tractor and she'll be wearing a bridle gown.  Anyway, I think he was just taking her for a ride, but she probably shouldn't stall too long.   I bet this happens a lot when people win money.  Has there ever been a gallup poll?

      Sorry guys.  I don't mean to be such a nag.  Sounds as if I'm always trying to stirrup trouble, but I think I'll bale out while I'm ahead.

      LOL

      Is that the best you could trot out on short notice ?

       I'll bet a bucking bronco you can horse around and come up with some more tails...

       

      ROFL

       

                                     

                    

       

       


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        Posted: September 5, 2007, 1:01 pm - IP Logged

        I hope Ms. Jacobs doesn't have financial problems later in life. Why is she not married?

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          Posted: September 5, 2007, 2:17 pm - IP Logged

          I hope Ms. Jacobs doesn't have financial problems later in life. Why is she not married?

          Because you haven't asked her yet............

           

                                         

                        

           

           

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            Posted: September 5, 2007, 2:29 pm - IP Logged

            Hyper congratulations on your big win and goodluck to your cowboys in the NFC

              AuntiePat's avatar - animaniacs10
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              Posted: September 5, 2007, 9:09 pm - IP Logged

              I am happy for every winner.  Like Bunky and the others, I don't understand why these people don't just say "thanks" and go home.  Of course then we wouldn't have all these threads on the Lottery News!  I hope she recovers from her surgery and doesn't get too hoarse from talking so much to the media. Depends on her mane goal. If she's not careful she might come down with a colt & it could turn out to be a real night mare if she's not a stable person.  I hope she doesn't foal around with her new fortune.  She won enough to buy a nice house in Philly.  The story mentioned she already got a proposal but said neigh to him. Maybe she'll soon meet a guy who will a tractor and she'll be wearing a bridle gown.  Anyway, I think he was just taking her for a ride, but she probably shouldn't stall too long.   I bet this happens a lot when people win money.  Has there ever been a gallup poll?

              Sorry guys.  I don't mean to be such a nag.  Sounds as if I'm always trying to stirrup trouble, but I think I'll bale out while I'm ahead.

              LOL

              HAY, Justx. . .

              You need to rein in those puns.

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                Posted: September 5, 2007, 10:54 pm - IP Logged

                I don't want to marry her, not even if she begged me to, as I already belong to someone. But, it would be extremely appreciated to know how to get one of those Powerball T-Shirts!