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N.E. couple wins big in Powerball


A North English couple has been playing the same set of Powerball numbers for years and now they’ve won $200,000.

About four or five years ago, Robert Kelley’s wife, Carolyn, tracked the Powerball numbers to help find their lucky set of numbers.

“My wife kept track of all the winning numbers for about three months,” explained Kelley. They made a list of the ones that hit most often and have been playing the same numbers ever since.

Kelley, a 69-year-old, semi-retired carpenter, made it a habit to watch the Powerball drawings every Wednesday and Saturday night.

“My wife, she was going to bed that night and I told her to come downstairs, I had something to show her,” laughed Kelley. “She couldn’t believe it. She says, ‘What?’ I said, ‘Come down here.’ She got downstairs and I said, ‘Look here, we got the winning numbers!’ She still didn’t believe it.”

After the shock of their Dec. 16 win, the Kelleys had a hard time sleeping.

“Tossing and turning. And waking up and going to sleep, waking up,” Kelley said. “A million things running through your mind.”

Kelley waited until the next morning to call and share the news with their two children.

“The first thing they wanted to know is if we were going to move to Branson,” he said.

When asked what they planned to do with their winnings, the Kelleys already had a plan which didn’t include moving.

“We’re going to pay our house off and our vehicles. Put the rest in savings,” Kelley said. “I’m not going to retire. I’m just going to slow down a little bit.”

The Kelleys claimed their $200,000 prize Dec. 17, at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids. They bought their winning Powerball ticket at Casey’s, 504 S. Main St., North English.

Kelley already had plans to buy Powerball tickets for Saturday’s estimated jackpot of $92 million, still playing the same numbers.

The winning numbers for Dec. 16 were 13-23-25-35-43 and Powerball 15. The Power Play multiplier was 5. The Kelleys matched the first five numbers drawn but missed the Powerball to win a $200,000 prize. Had they added the Power Play® to their ticket, they could have turned their $200,000 prize into an instant $1 million.

UPDATED December 30, 2009 11:45 AM

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