2004-05-13 13:04:43.0

Vinita Park Locksmith Cracks Powerball "Safe"

Story Photo A Vinita Park locksmith cracked open a $100,000 Powerball prize in the April 28 drawing. Brian Hildebrand, 35, said he didn’t realize he had won until more than a week later, when he stopped in Smack Shoppe, 10921 Manchester Road in Kirkwood, to redeem a $6 Scratchers prize. "They told me to check my Powerball tickets," he said, explaining that the store clerks knew a $100,000 prize had been sold there. When Hildebrand discovered that he held the winning ticket, the clerks said they had been waiting for him for a week. "I thought they were just pulling my leg," he said. Hildebrand said he and his wife, Kimberly, plan to use the money to pay bills, buy a truck and a boat. Hildebrand let the computer select the winning combination on his $3 Powerball ticket. The winning numbers were: 27, 34, 42, 49 and 52. To date, 696 tickets worth $100,000 have been sold in Missouri since the Powerball game started in April 1992.

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