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Member of "Watertown 34" wins lottery again

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Athena Rush of Watertown, South Dakota, claimed the $200,000 Powerball prize she won in the drawing of November 10th.

Rush matched the five white balls, but not the red Powerball to win the game's second prize.

Rush missed the jackpot by one number, but said the excitement isn't any different than winning the jackpot. She would know. Rush was a member of "The Watertown 34," the group of Minnesota Rubber workers that won a $50.9 million Powerball prize nearly five years ago.

"My feet still haven't touched the ground," Rush said about winning her latest prize. "I can't believe it's the second time around. It'll probably take a couple of days to come down."

The Watertown 34 became the first Powerball jackpot winners from South Dakota, splitting a $101.8 million jackpot with another winning ticket in Indiana for the February 1, 2003 drawing. The Watertown group chose the one-time cash option of $27,409,943 for their half of the jackpot. After taxes, each member of the group received $588,507.

Rush, who retired about a year after the group hit the jackpot, said she had no idea she'd won again until she checked her tickets at a convenience store Sunday morning. The clerk told her the news. "I just didn't believe it," she said. "I went to two other places after that to check the numbers. I've just been floored the whole time."

Rush bought her ticket at the Cowboy Country Store on 9th Ave SE in Watertown — the same store where The Watertown 34 purchased their jackpot-winning ticket. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling Rush the winning "quick pick" ticket.

Wayne Feeblekorn, the store's manager, said he's about as excited as Rush for having sold another big prize winning ticket at his store. "It's great. We're tickled to death we sold it," he said. "We must have the right tickets," he joked.

The estimated jackpot for Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is $95 million. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1:146,107,962. The odds of winning the game's $200,000 second prize are 1:3,563,609. Powerball is played in 29 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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Posted: November 27, 2007, 11:44 am - IP Logged

There seems to be a lot of stories of mulitple winners lately. Congrats to Mrs. Rush!

    MissNYC's avatar - diva
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    Posted: November 27, 2007, 3:12 pm - IP Logged

    There seems to be a lot of stories of mulitple winners lately. Congrats to Mrs. Rush!

    I know! Share the wealth people ! LOL

    "If you just keep believing, that dream that you wish will come true"

    Bed

     

      justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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      Posted: November 27, 2007, 3:17 pm - IP Logged

      She bought a Quick Pick, so it's obviously luck.   It doesn't say how many tickets a week she purchases, although it only takes one! 

      I am very happy for her, but it's also frustrating when you've played for 30 years and haven't even won $100.

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        Honduras
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        Posted: November 27, 2007, 5:21 pm - IP Logged

        There have been multiple winners lately...I wander why? Not many people can hit cash twice on the small period, knowing that there are years and decades to see Powerball play..

         

         

        "The Lotto Truth is Out There"            taken from context of the movie "The X-Files"

          justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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          Posted: November 27, 2007, 6:15 pm - IP Logged

          Pumpi, both times quick picks were used, so it's just random luck.  Nothing more.   Nothing less. 

           

          Seriously, I'd rather just win 1 big jackpot than 10 small ones.  This woman is lucky, and I'd be happy with the first one she shared, getting $588,000.  But there's no big conspiracy.. randomness means some people will never win if they play for 50 years and others will win 3 or 4 times. 

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            Posted: November 27, 2007, 9:54 pm - IP Logged

            great story.. I am very proud for Mrs. Rush... Hopes she hits again real soon.

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              Honduras
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              Posted: November 27, 2007, 11:38 pm - IP Logged

              She won because her name is Athena, Greek Goddess....The Greek Goddess Athena had simpathy for her for sharing her name so she struck her with luck...That's why she won twice...: ) : D

                dumars798's avatar - batman17
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                Posted: November 28, 2007, 1:03 am - IP Logged

                WTG!!

                        Smart bets...... Equal Phat Pocket$!

                                     

                             





                  konane's avatar - wallace
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                  Posted: November 28, 2007, 8:48 am - IP Logged

                  She probably won because she believed she could win.  Winning the first jackpot is certainly a confirmation of that ability.   Sun Smiley

                  Congratulations to her!!    Party

                  Good luck to everyone!

                    One2Adore's avatar - butterfly2
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                    Posted: November 28, 2007, 8:51 am - IP Logged

                    She won because her name is Athena, Greek Goddess....The Greek Goddess Athena had simpathy for her for sharing her name so she struck her with luck...That's why she won twice...: ) : D

                    alrighty then....