NASHVILLE -We have all heard the saying, “The third time’s a charm,” but for Robbie Croft and his family, the adage is much more than a cliché. Robbie played the Tennessee Lottery’s Powerball game for the third time in his life on August 21 – and won $100,000.
Robbie, a 40-year-old cashier from Strawberry Plains, and his wife, Missi, were watching the Olympics on Saturday night when the numbers from that night’s drawing were flashed on the television screen. Robbie compared his ticket and couldn’t believe his eyes – he had matched the first five numbers, minus the Powerball. “Since I hadn’t played much in the past, I wasn’t sure what it meant. I had to call the place I bought it to find out I had won $100,000!”
Robbie brought his entire family to the Lottery’s Nashville headquarters on Monday afternoon to claim his prize. Nine year-old daughter Kendra held her 10 month-old baby sister Kierra and watched as her parents accepted their check.
“This is a dream come true,” said Robbie.
The Crofts have had their eyes on a new home for some time, and are excited to make that dream a reality. They also plan to make a donation to their favorite children’s charity in honor of their baby daughter, Kierra, who was born premature and fought her way back to good health.
Robbie purchased his winning ticket at By-Lo Market, 238 Kitts Road, Knoxville, and chose the Quick Pick option.
In addition to Robbie’s winning ticket, there were another 31,088 winning Powerball tickets from Saturday’s drawing sold in Tennessee. Over 6,200 of those winners multiplied their prize by five with the Power Play option.
The Tennessee Lottery began selling its first instant tickets on Jan. 20, 2004. At the end of its first fiscal year, after just five months and 12 days of ticket sales, the Lottery had raised more than $123 million for education. All Tennessee Lottery profits will go to pay for specific education programs in the state, which initially include the HOPE Scholarship program.
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