2005-11-02 15:34:20.0

St. Louis Man Claims $853,492 Powerball Prize

Story Photo A self-employed handyman from St. Louis (63121*) handily created a $853,492 prize for himself after his Powerball ticket from the record $340 million drawing on Oct. 19 matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the regular $200,000 prize and the $653,492 Match 5 Bonus prize for a total winnings of $853,492. Jake Richardson Sr., 72, said he might buy a house, a car and some furniture with his prize money. "I’ll invest what’s left," said Richardson. Richardson let the computer randomly generate the winning combination on the $2 ticket he bought about two hours before the drawing at 7-Eleven, 6085 N. Lindbergh in Hazelwood. Those numbers were: 7, 21, 43, 44 and 49. In addition to Richardson’s ticket, two other tickets matched all five white-ball numbers in the record drawing to win $853,492. One ticket was purchased in Sikeston, and one ticket was purchased in Steele. 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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