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Richmond man claims $200,000 Cash Ball prize

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - A man from Richmond has stepped forward to claim the top prize from Saturday night's Kentucky Lottery Cash Ball drawing.

Lottery officials say 59-year-old Bill Hammons' ticket matched all five Cash Ball numbers, making it worth $200,000.

Hammons says he got the surprise of his life when he watched the drawing on TV Saturday.

"I always check the Cash Ball number first. Then I looked at the other numbers on my ticket and before I knew it, I realized I had all the numbers," Hammons told lottery officials. "My stomach was tied up in knots. I thought I was dreaming, waiting for someone to pinch me, but it's for real."

Lottery officials say Hammons told them his wife, who was asleep, woke up from all the excitement. She then called the store to get the winning numbers because they were concerned as to whether Bill had written the right numbers down from the drawing.

Lottery officials say after taxes, Hammons received a check for $138,000. He's planning to use the money to pay off debt, and build on his retirement.

Hammons told lottery officials he chose his own numbers on his ticket.

He bought the winning ticket at Redi Mart #17 on Red House Road in Richmond.

The store will receive $2,000 for selling the winning Cash Ball ticket.

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