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Monday, November 24, 2008
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NASHVILLE - Mike Byrum was enjoying such a string of good luck during the past few days that he told his best friend he “was going to win the lottery.” Turns out, Mike, of Mt. Juliet, was absolutely correct!

“You just can’t believe how lucky I’ve been,” he said, describing one example of how the price of the gas he was purchasing was lowered just at the moment he began to pump. “This is just incredible. We are truly blessed,” he said of his family, which includes wife Tammy, daughter Brittney and son Dallas.

Mike won $800,000 by playing Power Play when he purchased his Powerball ticket for Saturday’s drawing. For an extra dollar per play, Power Play means any prize but the jackpot will be multiplied from 2 to 5 times depending on the multiplier drawn before each Powerball drawing. Mike’s ticket matched five of five white balls, which is a $200,000 prize; and with the 4 that was the Power Play number for Saturday, Mike’s prize was quadrupled to $800,000!

Mike, 41, recently had to close his motorcycle shop “because of hard times” and plans to use the money to pay bills and establish a solid future. He purchased his winning ticket at Exxon Mobil, 125 N. Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet.

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