2006-01-18 15:16:22.63

St. Louis Man Wins $200,000 Playing Powerball

Story Photo A St. Louis (63123) man hopes be able to pay off his son’s student loans and help some relatives after he won $200,000 playing Powerball. Alfredo "Fred" Josef said he compared the winning numbers from the Jan. 4 Powerball drawing with the numbers on his ticket and saw he matched five white-ball numbers drawn to win the game’s second-level prize. Josef, 56, said he didn’t realize how much he had won until he took it to a retail location to have it checked. "They told me I won $200,000," Josef said. "I couldn’t believe it." Josef, a research technician, purchased his winning ticket at U-Gas MacKenzie, 9765 MacKenzie Road, in Affton. In addition to helping his son pay off some student loans and helping relatives, Josef said he and his wife, Elenita, plan to pay a few bills. The second-level prize increased from $100,000 to $200,000 when Powerball underwent a 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.

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