2003-04-24 13:11:06.0


Story Photo A Pleasant Plains, Ill., man is looking forward to retirement more than ever after he won $100,000 playing the Missouri Lottery’s Powerball game.   Frank Roberts, 61, won the second-level prize on April 16 with a ticket he purchased at Monroe City Amoco, 1007 Highway 36 and Highway 24 E. in Monroe City.

Roberts, who owns and drives his own tractor-trailer truck, said he purchased two $5 tickets for the April 16 drawing and gave one of the tickets to his brother.  On April 22, his brother called and said the Monroe City Amoco had sold a winning $100,000 ticket for April 16 that had not been claimed.

“My brother gave me the winning numbers, and I checked my ticket,” Roberts said when he claimed his prize on April 23.   “Goose bumps came up on my arms, and I told my wife, ‘I’ve got it.’”

Roberts said he plans to pay a few bills with his winnings, build a storage shed and make some other improvements to his property.   He said most of the prize money will go in the bank for retirement.

To date, 643 Powerball tickets sold in Missouri have matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $100,000 prize.

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