Charles and Laura Fay of Foss in western Oklahoma know what is in a number.
The couple won $1 million playing Powerball on March 17, 2006 with numbers that Charles figured out when he was driving his tractor-trailer rig.
Laura Fay said that he was just driving, hauling fuel, and he had a long route, but he had some numbers floating around in his head, and they decided to use them. She added that they happened to be pretty lucky. They used the same numbers as a set each time they played, and if they missed playing if they went on vacation or something, they didn’t worry about it. Laura said they just used the same numbers every time.
Some people like to use children’s birthdays, ages, specific dates or even the back of fortune cookies.
For Karen Bowman of Hectorville, who generally played twice a month, it was something a little more complicated.
She let her husband come up with the numbers, and the couple usually bought five tickets at a time.
Bowman said that they did a set of numbers, but her husband usually picked them. He had a ‘26 and ‘27 Model T; he was 56, she was 55; their daughter was born in the ninth month. She said they used those numbers for a while.
Susie Lovins, a friend of Bowman’s, also allowed her husband to pick the numbers they used.
Lovins said they had six kids, and they usually used their birthdays. If he ran through all those numbers, then he used the grandchildren’s birthdays.
Other players prefer to allow the computer to generate their potential winning numbers, such as Russell Trupia of Locust Grove, who won $40,000 on September 6, 2006.
Trupia said that he actually used an electronic pick, and the only number he picked by himself was the Powerball number. He explained that his kids had told him that the odds were better with an electronic pick, so he decided to do that.
Trupia played once a week, and he had not won since hitting the jackpot in that September.
He said that since then, he had been getting numbers that had been relatively close to the jackpot. He added that he didn’t know if it was a sign or not. Lotteries