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spacer April 09, 2007

Golfing Buddies Win $10,000 Powerball Prize

Dover, DE --Eleven golfing buddies who are members of the Sakima Country Club in Carney's Point, N.J., are going to have a little more money for lunch on the 19th hole after scoring a $10,000 Powerball win. The winning numbers were drawn on March 17, St. Patrick's Day.

The group mostly hails from New Jersey and Maryland, but it was their lone Delawarean who bought the lucky ticket.

Robert Meeks, 67, of Newark has been buying tickets for the group for a little over two years. He said they have won a few smaller prizes in the past, which they decided to just reinvest in tickets. But this time, they decided to cash in.

"I told them we needed to touch a little green on this one," Meeks said. "We're all going to get together and have a little celebration."
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Split 11 ways, the men won more than $680 each after taxes. Meeks knows that total isn't life-altering, but he said the two newest members of his group are known for being lucky and he thinks another win isn't out of the question.

"We have two new guys who are both lucky," he said. "I'm sure word will travel fast around the club and more members would want to get in," he said. "We'd love to have more people in it."

The ticket was purchased at Books & News on Chestnut Hill Road in Newark.

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