July 12, 2005
Fenton Man Adds $100,000 to New Home
A Fenton carpenter has an extra $100,000 to use toward the down payment of a new home after he matched all five white-ball numbers in the July 9 Powerball drawing. Matthew "Matt" Donovan, 24, bought his winning ticket when he stopped at 7-Eleven, 2425 S. Big Bend Blvd. in Maplewood (63143*), to pick up a cherry slurpee. After paying with a $5 bill he decided to use the change to buy four Quick Pick Powerball tickets. One of those tickets turned out to be worth $100,000. Those numbers were: 8, 9, 39, 47 and 53.
"I called at least 10 people and no one answered the phone," said Donovan explaining his excitement about winning. "I finally got my brother-in-law to answer the phone, but he didn’t believe me."
Donovan said he was in the process of buying a new home and planned to use most of the prize money towards the down payment. The rest would go into savings.
To date, 742 tickets worth $100,000 have been sold in Missouri since the Powerball game started in April 1992.
* winner’s zip code to help media determine coverage area