May 14, 2004
Morning Routine Brings $100,000 To Mountain Grove Veteran
Meeting the guys for coffee paid off for a Mountain Grove retiree who won $100,000 by playing Powerball. Nuel Brill, 72, said he meets friends every day at Pump N Pantry, 316 Ozark in Cabool, to have coffee and discuss "the world’s problems." On May 12, while meeting with his friends, he spent $2 on a Powerball ticket for that night’s drawing. That ticket turned out to be worth $100,000.
"I haven’t really decided anything about what I am going to do with it (prize money). I’ll probably use it to buy gas, the way it’s getting." Brill joked when he claimed his prize on May 13.
Brill, a farmer who retired from the Army’s Special Forces in 1974, said he let the computer select the numbers on his winning ticket. Those numbers were: 11, 31, 35, 42 and 45.
To date, 696 tickets worth $100,000 have been sold in Missouri since the Powerball game started in April 1992.