Players line up for Powerball tickets

July 22, 1998

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer


Players line up for PowerballBy CLYDE FORD / Staff Writer, Charles Town

MARLOWE, W.Va. - Lottery ticket sales were brisk Tuesday as the Powerball jackpot climbed to $125 million before tonight's drawing.

Rodney Quivers, of Chambersburg, Pa., drove to West Virginia to buy tickets for himself and four friends at work, who plan to split the prize if any of the $40 in tickets win the jackpot.

"I'd like a new car and a new boat for my mom," Quivers said.

Shannon Spiker, 18, of Hedgesville, W.Va., said she'd "move away from West Virginia" if she won.

"I'd move to California so I could be in a city and I'd give to some charity and keep the rest. I'd buy a huge house and become a model," Spiker said.


John High, 50, of Chambersburg, Pa., said he just wanted to get rich.

He and 15 other workers at the Letterkenny Army Depot plan to split the money if they hit the jackpot, he said.

Kathy Eby, of Hagerstown, said she had dreams about winning the jackpot when the last Powerball prize reached a record-breaking $195 million. An Illinois couple won that jackpot.

"I had big plans for that money," she said. "I would have shared it."

Her daughter, Kara Eby, 22, said she also would be generous if she wins the jackpot.

"I'm ready to pay off my friends' bills," Eby said.

John Stine, 34, of Greencastle, Pa., said he could not pass up playing for the huge jackpot.

"It's a gamble you've just got to take," he said.

Jason Golden, 23, of Falling Waters, W.Va., said he already knows how he would spend the prize money.

"There's a little, one-bedroom house in Pinesburg. It looks like a shanty. But if I hit this, it's going to be mine," Golden said. "I just like the way it looks. It's a little place but it's got a big yard."

"If I ever did hit it, I'd probably help out everybody who ever helped me out," Golden said.

Jerry Staley, 28, of Hagerstown, said he heard friends talking about the jackpot and he decided to play the lottery for the first time.

Staley would not quit working. He'd use the money to change careers.

"I'd go back to school," Staley said. "I like forestry. I didn't have the time to get a bachelor's degree after high school because I had to work to pay off bills."

"But I'd like to be a game warden. That's something I've always wanted to do. That and travel," Staley said.

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