The numbers on a winning $192 million dollar Powerball ticket sold in Missouri correspond to the numbers of six legendary players for the Kansas City Royals, the baseball franchise based in the state, but that’s where they part their winning ways.
The Royals are perennial losers, and perhaps because of this the team has fiercely loyal fans. And lottery players often use birthdays, sport team numbers and other significant stats when playing.
It stands to reason that the Missouri recipients of the Powerball payout would take inspiration from the baseball franchise that went 72-90 in the regular season this year, or so thought USA Today sports writer Chris Chase.
The players and their numbers corresponding to the ticket are George Brett, 5; Mark Gubicza, 23; Bo Jackson, 16; Dennis Leonard, 22; Dan Quisenberry, 29, and Willie Wilson, 6.
Of the numbers, Brett’s is the only one retired by the franchise.
However, as intriguing as Chase’s idea was, the Missouri couple that won the Powerball drawing
had their numbers drawn at random when they purchased the ticket.
Mark Hill, 52, and wife Cindy, 51, did say they were huge Royals fans.
"I hope we stay grounded. I hope we stay the great people we were yesterday and the day before," their son Jason told USA Today.
Now that the Hills have enough money to buy their own baseball franchise, only time will tell if they do stay grounded — and Royals fans.
The Hills will share the Powerball payout with someone who bought a ticket at a food store in Fountain Hills, Ariz., on the outskirts of Phoenix. The Arizona winner has not yet come forward.
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