2005-10-13 14:49:51.0

St. Louis Man Wins $200,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo A St. Louis (63116*) man said he plans to get out of debt after his ticket matched the five white-ball numbers in the Powerball drawing on Oct. 5. Johny Gaddy Jr., 28, won the prize with a ticket purchased at QuikTrip, 5017 Gravois, in St. Louis. Gaddy said he didn’t realize he held a winning ticket until he checked his tickets on Oct. 9. "I was just like, ’Wow!’" Gaddy said when he claimed his prize on Oct. 11. "It’s still unbelievable." Gaddy, a vending machine technician, said in addition to paying bills, he hopes to be able to buy a few "toys" along the way, too. He let the computer select his winning numbers, which were: 2, 15, 25, 30 and 45. The second-level prize recently increased from $100,000 to $200,000 when Powerball underwent a new game design that took effect on Aug. 28. The game changes were made to create larger and faster growing jackpots. Since the game’s redesign, seven winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri. *zip code to help media determine coverage area

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