November 17, 2005
Keeping Up With the Joneses Getting Harder in Windsor
"Keeping up with the Joneses" may now be a little bit harder in Windsor. Melissa and Justin Jones of Windsor recently found out one of their Powerball tickets for the Nov. 12 drawing matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $200,000 second-level prize.
"This (win) is really going to free us up," said Melissa Jones, 28.
Justin Jones, 31, discovered the win when he took some tickets to a Lottery retailer in Windsor to check them. When one read-out said "Winner ? see store clerk," he asked a clerk to tell him what he’d won. He said the clerk must have checked the ticket six times.
Justin called Melissa at the Tyson Hatchery in Sedalia, where she works as a supervisor, to tell her the good news. Justin also works for Tyson as a truck driver.
"We’ll pay off the house we just bought three months ago," said Melissa. "We also plan to pay off both of our trucks."
In addition, the couple plans to pay bills and celebrate their son’s first birthday on Nov. 16 with a little more fanfare.
"He’ll probably get a bigger tractor," Melissa mused.
Justin and Melissa Jones purchased the winning ticket at Odessa BP, 414 W. 40 Highway in Odessa, on their way home from a shopping trip. They stopped there to buy some milk for their son. While there, Justin bought $2 worth of Powerball tickets and $1 worth of Lotto plays.
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, 12 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.