John Butcher of Philippi and Tony Rumberg of Red House both ended 2009 with unexpected cash, according to WV Lottery Director John Musgrave.
Butcher won $25,000 from the Cash25 drawing held December 14, while Rumberg won a $30,000 Powerball prize on Dec. 5 from a PowerPlay ticket that tripled his prize.
Married and the father of a 15-year old daughter, Butcher said being unemployed brought all new appreciation for having unexpected cash in your pocket. “It’s helped us pay a lot of bills.”
Butcher said he spent $5 on five tickets from the Smokehouse in Philippi. “I won the top prize on one, and $10 on another.”
Rumberg said he bought two Powerball tickets from Go Mart in Ripley and decided to pay a dollar extra on each of them for the PowerPlay multiplier option. “At first I thought I had won $10,000 for matching four numbers plus the Powerball, but then remembered I’d bought PowerPlay, which tripled my excitement.”
Since the PowerPlay number drawn was a three, Rumberg’s prize automatically jumped to $30,000.