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Powerball winners cash in

October 22, 2005|By CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA.

Three of 19 stylists at Hair Cuttery in Charles Town had to be begged to contribute money to buy 360 Powerball tickets earlier this week, but it's likely none are complaining now - after taxes, each will take home more than $30,000 in winnings.

One of the 360 tickets matched the first five numbers of Wednesday's Powerball drawing - 7, 21, 43, 44 and 49. The Powerball number on the ticket was 34, but the winning number was 29, according to a press release from the West Virginia Lottery Commission.

Hair Cuttery employee Robin Davis bought the tickets, the numbers on which all were randomly selected, at the Somerset Shell in Charles Town.

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Davis said she was not upset that the group of 19 winners missed a $340 million jackpot by one number.

"I'm astonished, really. Somebody from Oregon may have won $340 million, but I feel like we've won our own little jackpot right here," Davis said, according to the press release.

Davis never had bought a Powerball ticket before.

Another 10 tickets of the 360 won smaller cash amounts totaling $41.

Davis said she's not sure how she will spend her prize.

"Well, I haven't heard from my husband or 2-year-old, whose only question was why I hadn't gotten her to day care at the usual time Thursday," Davis said. "My 8-year-old son said right off the bat that he'd like a toy tractor. Our 19-year-old daughter wanted to know if I could pay off her car loan. I guess as you get older, your wants are a little pricier."

Along with Davis, the Lottery Commission identified the other Hair Cuttery winners as Christopher Anderson, Colette Davis, Melissa Klahre, Jaclyn Peterson and Leslie Simms of Charles Town; Dawn Bailey, Karol Bowers, Misty Chrisman, Carol Demuthe and Tara Lupis of Martinsburg, W.Va.; K.K. Hughes and Lauren McDonald of Inwood, W.Va.; Tabitha Breeden of Kearneysville, W.Va.; Shawna Lewis of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; Jo Steele of Gerrardstown, W.Va.; Theresa Sunde of Ranson, W.Va.; Rosemary Tapia of Hedgesville, W.Va.; and Cheryl Hutchinson of Frederick, Md.

Somerset Shell, owned by R.M. Roach & Sons Inc., will receive a 1 percent bonus - $8,534.92 - for selling the winning ticket.

Each of the 18 winners from West Virginia will receive $30,770 after taxes. The winner from Maryland will receive $33,689 since West Virginia taxes were not withheld.

Nationally, there were 49 tickets sold that matched the first five Powerball numbers. Typically, a winning Match-5 ticket would garner its holder $200,000, but an extra $653,492 was added because someone in Oregon matched all six numbers.

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