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Shepherdstown computer specialist wins $100,000

September 07, 1997

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Shepherdstown computer specialist said she plans to use her $100,000 Powerball winnings to help pay her daughter's college expenses.

Becky Boutz, 47, claimed her winnings at the West Virginia Lottery headquarters in Charleston on Friday, said lottery spokeswoman Kari Safford.

Boutz bought the ticket for Wednesday's drawing, but she did not realize she had won until Friday.

Boutz works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a computer specialist and trainer.

``I had no idea it would be so much money. But I'm getting used to the idea,'' she said. ``My daughter is in college and this will really help with expenses.''

Boutz will take home $65,500 from the winnings after taxes.

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