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‘Tickled’: Kentucky dad wins big in Powerball 3 months after his daughter won lotto game




Luck must run in the family for a Kentucky father and daughter who won the lottery three months apart.

William Fannin of Hazard in eastern Kentucky bought a Powerball ticket for the May 13 drawing. He and his family heard that someone had won $50,000 in the game but he didn’t realize he was that person until the next day when he got the ticket scanned, according to a news release from the Kentucky Lottery.

“It came up $50,000,” Fannin told the lottery. “I was numb.” 

Fannin left the store and went home to tell his wife Frieda about the big win. When he got there he told her: “Sit down … That winning ticket was ours, it belonged to us.”

Daughter’s lucky streak continued with Dad

Fannin’s big lottery win came about three months after his daughter Starla won $150,000 in February playing the Merry Money Bonus Jackpot Instant Play game online.

“She was probably more tickled than me,” Fannin said. “She was so excited!”

William and Frieda Fannin visited the Kentucky Lottery headquarters to claim their prize. After taxes, the couple walked away with a check for $36,000 on May 17, the lottery said.

Before, who retired four years ago from his job as a schoolteacher for 33 years, told lottery officials that he and his wife did not have immediate plans for the winnings but said that the extra money will come in handy.

How to play the Powerball

In order to purchase a $2 Powerball ticket, you’ll have to visit your local convenience store, gas station or grocery store − and in a handful of states, you can purchase tickets online.

To play, you will need to pick six numbers in total to mark on your ticket. Five numbers will be white balls ranging from numbers 1 to 69. The Powerball is red and one number which is between 1 and 26.

If you want to increase your chances of winning, you can add a “Power Play” for $1 which increases the winnings for all non-jackpot prizes. This addition can multiply winnings by 2X3X, 4X5X, or 10X.

Players can also ask a cashier for a “Quick Pick” where a cashier will give you a computer generated numbers on a printed Powerball ticket.

Drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights. If there’s no jackpot winner, the cash prize will increase by millions.

Where to purchase tickets

Tickets can be purchased in person at gas stations, convenience stores and grocery stores. Some airport terminals may also sell lottery tickets.

You can also order tickets online through Jackpocket, the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network, in these U.S. states and territories: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. The Jackpocket app allows you to pick your lottery game and numbers, place your order, see your ticket and collect your winnings all using your phone or home computer.

Jackpocket is the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network. Gannett may earn revenue for audience referrals to Jackpocket services. Must be 18+, 21+ in AZ and 19+ in NE. Not affiliated with any State Lottery. Gambling Problem? Call 1-877-8-HOPE-NY or text HOPENY (467369) (NY); 1-800-327-5050(MA); 1-877-MYLIMIT (OR); 1-800-981-0023 (PR); 1-800-GAMBLER (all others). Visit for full terms.

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