Corey Thurman, Chris Cody and R.J. Rodriguez are more than players on the York Revolution's roster to Barb Thomas of Springettsbury Township.

Their jersey numbers are the ones she uses whenever she plays the lottery.

And this week they could be her ticket to winning the $250 million jackpot.

That's the annuity value of the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday. Or the winning player could opt for a $166.8 million cash prize.

The current jackpot run started on Oct. 6 at $40 million. Drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Saturday marked the 13th consecutive drawing with no jackpot winner.

Thomas, 67, said she loves baseball.

She and her husband have season tickets to the York Revolution games, so using those numbers when she occasionally plays the lottery makes sense.

Other methods: For Tanya Fitts, 46, of York City, her lottery numbers are usually her grandchildren's birth dates or her old addresses.

"I even use the date that my daughter passed away sometimes," Fitts said. "Or if I get a receipt with triple numbers, I'll use that."

Judy Null, 65, also of Springettsbury Township, opts for letting the computer choose her numbers.

"I have too many numbers I would want to play so it's just easier," Null said.

The most she's ever won has been about $12, but she continues to play, hoping for a sum of money to help family members out, retire earlier and travel.

Lured by big prize: Duane Brown said he doesn't even know what he would do with all of the money if he won the Powerball.


"The only time I play Powerball is if it's over $100 million," said Brown, 39, of York City.

He spends about $30 every week on pay day for Instant Game Scratch Offs, and won $750 earlier this year on a Scratch Off he purchased at King Tobacco Express on West Market Street.

The owner of the shop, Ashish Ramani, said he sold more than 40 Powerball tickets on Tuesday but he expects Wednesday to be the busiest day since everyone will be getting off work for the week and gearing up for the holidays.

"People usually buy it in groups and go in together in a pool," Ramani said. "They will come here and give me $80 or $90 for Powerball."

Powerball players pay $2 and choose five white balls from the first set of 59 numbers plus the Powerball, a single red ball, from a second set of 35 numbers.

Players may select their numbers using a Powerball playslip, or go with computer-selected quick picks.

To win the jackpot a person must match all five numbers drawn plus the Powerball number.

- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or