2006-02-23 08:18:56.447

Lake St. Louis Pre-School Teacher Claims $667,142 Powerball Prize

Story Photo video icon A pre-school teacher from Lake St. Louis recently had two pleasant surprises after the record $365 million Powerball jackpot on Feb. 18. Jeri Whyte, 45, first discovered the night of the drawing that she matched all five white-ball numbers to win the second-level prize of $200,000. Second, Whyte found out the next day that there was a Match 5 Bonus prize due to the record jackpot, which would bring her an additional $467,142 for total winnings of $667,142.

"I found out about the bonus the next day," Whyte said. "My brother’s friend told him to have me check the Web site."

Whyte and her husband, Jim, plan to invest most of their prize money. Jeri Whyte works as a pre-school teacher at University of St. Louis’ Child Development Center. Jim Whyte is a fabrications worker for Boeing.

"We might fix up the house a little bit," she said. "We’ll give some to charity. We’ll share with some family members. I’ll give some to my dad who owns a boxing gym in St. Louis County."

Whyte purchased her winning ticket for the record drawing at Citgo Food Mart, 11410 Veteran’s Memorial in Lake St. Louis. She let the computer select the winning numbers. They were: 15, 17, 43, 44 and 48. The Citgo location will receive a $2,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

In addition to Whyte’s ticket, one other ticket matched all five white-ball numbers in the record drawing to win a $667,142 prize. The second prize was claimed by a Carrollton man.

For more information about Powerball and the Match 5 Bonus Prize, visit the Missouri Lottery’s Web site at molottery.com.

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