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April 20, 2004

Retired Realtor Wins $100,000 Piece Of Powerball

Story Photo A retired realtor from Hollister plans to do something nice for his wife’s upcoming birthday after he found out his Powerball ticket was worth $100,000. George Christoffersen, 66, said he stopped at Country Mart in Hollister for an item and while he was there, he decided to check his Powerball ticket from the previous draw on April 14. "The clerk said, ’Holy cow, you won $10,000," Christoffersen said. "But then I looked at it and said, ’Wait a minute; it’s $100,000.’ He was more excited than I was." Christoffersen said he went home to tell his wife, Lill, the good news and realized he’d forgotten the item that he went to Country Mart for in the first place. The retired owner of Coldwell Banker in Branson, Christoffersen said he and his wife may travel for her upcoming birthday. "There’s too much of this great country we haven’t seen yet," he said. Christoffersen, who has spent his retirement singing and cooking at various restaurants, purchased his winning ticket at the Country Mart store. He let the computer pick the lucky combination on his ticket. It was: 1, 6, 20, 22 and 38. In addition to a little trip, Christoffersen said he plans to replace a couple of seats ? on his tractor and his truck ? that he has held together with duct tape. To date, 691 tickets worth $100,000 have been sold in Missouri since the Powerball game started in April 1992.





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