January 10, 2006
Festus Retiree Wins $200,000 Powerball Prize
A Festus man had an exciting holiday season when he discovered that one of his Powerball tickets from the Dec. 24 drawing was worth $200,000. Jack Billings, 78, said his wife, Shirley, saw that all five white-ball numbers on their ticket matched when she checked the numbers published in the newspaper while having coffee on the morning of Dec. 26.
"What a wonderful Christmas present," Billings said. "It’s still like a dream."
Billings, who retired 16 years ago from a glass factory in Crystal City, said they plan to use the prize money to replace some appliances and invest the rest of the money.
Billings purchased his winning ticket at Shop N Save, 1275 N. Truman Blvd. in Festus, on Dec. 23. His winning numbers were: 4, 10, 33, 34 and 50.
The second-level prize increased from $100,000 to $200,000 when Powerball underwent a new game design that took effect on Aug. 28, 2005. The game changes were made to create larger and faster growing jackpots. Since the game’s redesign, 14 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.