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Cook strikes it rich

December 03, 1997

Cook strikes it rich

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

INWOOD, W.Va. - Tim Meadows turned $2 into $50,000 last week, but he doesn't plan on spending all of his early Christmas bonus.

"We've invested it and we're going to let it sit for a while and make more money," the 30-year-old Gerrardstown man said Tuesday of the money he won playing the West Virginia Lottery's $50,000 Slots scratch-off game.

He said he couldn't believe it when he bought the winner Nov. 25 at the 7-Eleven store in Inwood.

"I thought it was a misprint," he said.

A cook at The Dining Room restaurant, Meadows said he and his wife Rhonda will spend some of the money.

"The kids will have a good Christmas this year," he said of daughters Ashley, 12, and Brittany, 9.

On Sunday night, Meadows went to Charleston, W.Va., and checked into a motel before picking up his check Monday at the state lottery office.

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"My best friend drove me down. I couldn't have drove," he said.

After federal and state taxes, the check came to about $36,000, he said.

He and Rhonda plan to use part of the money for a down payment on a house next summer. The balance will be invested in their daughters' futures.

"I'm not going to waste any of it," Meadows said.

Meadows took two days off from work, but said he would be back at The Dining Room at 5 a.m. today.

"I'm happy there. It's like a family," he said.

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