2006-02-17 14:19:15.4

Imperial Man Wins $200,000 Playing Powerball

Story Photo An Imperial man has $200,000 for his son’s future college education after he matched all five white-ball numbers in the Feb. 8 Powerball drawing. Shaun Mercer, 36, said he and his wife, Deanna, plan to pay off some bills with the prize money and put the rest away for their 5-year-old son’s education. "We might replace a car down the road," said Mercer, who works in technical support at Bausch & Lomb in Kirkwood. Mercer purchased his winning ticket at QuikTrip, 1069 Jeffco Blvd. in Arnold, on Feb. 8. He said he usually plays every Saturday, but he also plays the Wednesday night drawings when the jackpot gets high. Mercer let the computer select the winning numbers. They were: 14, 25, 32, 48 and 54. The second-level prize increased from $100,000 to $200,000 when Powerball underwent a game redesign that took effect on Aug. 28, 2005. The game changes were made to create larger and faster growing jackpots. Since the game’s redesign, 22 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.

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