Ball Star

Powerball winner a Royals fan? Not likely

Updated: 2012-11-30T05:54:53Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Is the Powerball winner from nearby Dearborn a Royals fan?

That’s the scuttlebutt because the winning numbers from Wednesday’s drawing match up with a number of former Royals greats, including five who are in the team’s Hall of Fame. The numbers were 5 (George Brett), 16 (Bo Jackson), 22 (Dennis Leonard), 23 (Mark Gubicza), 29 (Dan Quisenberry) with the powerball of 6 (Willie Wilson).

That’s certainly odd, but not all that unusual. Heck, Jackson isn’t even in the Royals Hall of Fame. And when you think about it, baseball numbers and lottery numbers are a pretty good match.

Just take a look at the other numbers of Royals Hall of Famers: Cookie Rojas (1), Fred Patek (2, 37), John Mayberry (7), Hal McRae (11), Kevin Appier (17), Bret Saberhagen (18, 31), Frank White (20), Jeff Montgomery (21), Paul Splittorff (25, 34), Amos Otis (26), Larry Gura (32, 37), Steve Busby (40).

Of course 23 was also Zack Greinke’s number during his time in Kansas City. Greinke is the big prize among the free agents this offseason. If the Royals enticed Greinke to return, that would be the equivalent of winning the Hot Stove lottery.

Here is the NBC news segment on the Royals “connection.”

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