2017-06-08 08:40:03.46

$50,000 Ticket Unknowingly Carried Around for Months

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When Dennis Shmigelsky brought a Missouri Lottery Powerball ticket to the Lottery’s Kansas City regional office on June 2, he figured he had won $600.

“I get an envelope full of tickets, then I slip them in the (Check-A-Ticket) machine,” said Shmigelsky. “They’re mostly not a winner, until that one said ‘Claim at Lottery.’”

Knowing that prizes of $600 or more need to be claimed at a Lottery office, Shmigelsky figured he had won $600, and he decided to wait to claim his prize until he had some extra time to spare.

“I substitute teach, and I finally got time (to claim) now that school’s out,” explained Shmigelsky.

It wasn’t until he claimed his prize that the Kansas City resident learned that he actually won a $50,000 prize. Shmigelsky used Quick Pick to match four of the five white ball numbers and the Powerball in the April 1 drawing – 9, 32, 36, 44 and 65 with a Powerball of 1 – to win his prize.

News of the larger prize came as a surprise to Shmigelsky, but plans for the $50,000 prize were already prepared.

“Well, my wife has a very good idea of what she wants to do with (the prize). She wants to throw my junk out and we move into a smaller place closer to our daughter and granddaughter so we can babysit. It’s been her plan for quite a while,” laughed Shmigelsky.

The winning ticket was purchased at QuikTrip, 8601 NW 45 Highway, in Parkville.

Powerball is a $2 per play multi-state Draw Game that features jackpots starting at $40 million that have reached $1.5 billion. The estimated Powerball jackpot for the June 10 drawing is an estimated $435 million. Research all current and past winning numbers at MOLottery.com.  


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