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By The (Lansdale) Reporter
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.”

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