2005-10-24 07:32:18.0

Sikeston Mom Wins $853,492 In Record Powerball Drawing

Story Photo video icon A 35-year-old Sikeston mom is planning to buy a home for her family after the Powerball ticket she purchased at Jasper’s in Sikeston for the record $340 million Oct. 19 Powerball jackpot turned out to be worth $853,492. Malissa Carr said she and her husband, Dale, planned to buy a home for their family with the windfall. The Carrs are the parents of three daughters. "I’m just so grateful," said Carr, when she claimed her prize on Oct. 21 at the Lottery office in St. Louis. "It was definitely worth the $10 I spent." Carr said she got the winning numbers from KFVS-TV, Ch. 12, in Cape Girardeau the night of the drawing, but when she checked her tickets, she thought she’d only matched two of the five white-ball numbers. When she stopped at Quick Chek Market, 1801 E. Malone, in Sikeston to cash her ticket, she found out it was worth thousands more. "We just moved to a rental house, so we’ll buy a home with the money," she said. "We’ll also get a new sound system for my husband’s truck, and we’ll share some with family. They’ve helped us through a lot this year." Carr, who is disabled, said she doesn’t play Powerball until the jackpot exceeds $100 million. In addition to Carr’s ticket, two other tickets matched all five white-ball numbers in the record drawing. One ticket was claimed by a Blytheville, Ark., woman, and the other prize has not yet been claimed. It was sold at 7-Eleven, 6085 N. Lindbergh in Hazelwood. For more information about Powerball and the Match 5 Bonus Prize, visit the Missouri Lottery’s Web site at www.molottery.com.

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