Pa. couple goes camping after $2M Powerball win
By The (Lansdale) Reporter
Published: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, 7:07 p.m.
LANSDALE — What do you do when you win $2 million dollars? If you're Bob and Pam Baker of Telford, you go camping.
“We already had plans to go camping,” Pam Baker said. “And we needed to get out of town. We didn't sleep or eat much that weekend.”
Pam Baker, owner of Baker Office Management Services, bought a five-number winning Powerball ticket last month. Typically, matching five numbers is a $1 million win, but because Baker paid an extra $1 for the Powerplay, the prize money was doubled.
“That's certainly the best dollar I ever invested,” she joked. “Usually I only play the Powerball when it's over $100 million.”
Usually, Baker will play her children's birthdays, “but I was in a rush so I played random numbers.”
Baker said her initial reaction to winning was disbelief and skepticism.
“I saw that I matched five numbers and I couldn't believe it,” she said. “I printed out the winning numbers online and made Bob look at it.”
Her husband, Bob Baker, a member of the Telford Borough Council, said he thought it had to be a mistake.
“When we saw that she had all five numbers, I told her to make sure it was the right date,” he said. “It was.”
The Bakers immediately called their lawyer to figure out the necessary steps to verify the ticket. And they had to tell their children, both of whom are married and live in Texas.
Bob and Pam Baker decided to wait until their children could fly home to Telford from Texas and claim the ticket as a group.
“This is a gift,” Pam Baker said. “It's meant to be shared. It's not enough to retire on, and we're not going to totally change our lives. We're going to continue to live modestly. I see no reason to change. We're just going to have some security, invest it and maybe retire at 62.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Contract arranged Pennsylvania Game Commission director’s early exit
- Gas tax could factor into Pennsylvania gubernatorial race
- CSX makes deal with state on shipments of hazardous materials
- Pennsylvania drug program portrayed as a life-saving tool
- Worker for Latrobe-based Xcoal on ill-fated flight
- Supreme Court ruling to affect few bicycle trails in Pennsylvania
- Retired Pa. Game Commission chief to get $220K severance payment
- Military veteran ID cards granted on honor system
- Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to threat against Obama
- Pope Francis’ civil union stance has its defenders
- Robert Morris University Polling Institute poll finds value of college in doubt