About a year ago, Franklin resident Constance Stiles started occasionally playing the lottery with her nephew, Donnie Stiles, of Robbinsville. Whenever the mood hit them, the two would play for fun, agreeing to share the prize if either of them ever got lucky.
Then on Sunday, Oct. 23, Constance saw the dollar signs she had long thought a dream. She called her nephew and asked him to check the numbers from the Powerball drawing the night before because they may have won big.
So Donnie, who manages a local branch of a credit union, checked the numbers. Sure enough, they matched up. The ticket had matched all five white balls in the Oct. 22 Powerball drawing. The two had collectively won $200,000 from a game they had occasionally played.