February 28, 2006
O'Fallon Woman Wins $50,000 Powerball Prize
An O’Fallon woman won five times the usual $10,000 prize when she used Power Play and matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number on Feb. 15 to win a prize of $50,000. Maria Dougherty, 38, said she normally plays Powerball when the jackpot gets big. The Feb. 15 Powerball jackpot was $340 million.
"My husband checked the tickets on-line," Dougherty said. "When I got home, he said, ’You need to sit down because I need to tell you something.’ I really thought something bad had happened. Then I didn’t believe him when he told me."
Dougherty, who works in telecommunications, said she and her husband, Sean, plan to use their prize money to pay off some debt.
"It’s going to make life a lot easier," she said.
Dougherty purchased her winning ticket at Convenience Food, 1750 O’Fallon Road in St. Charles. She let the computer select her winning numbers.
For an extra $1 per play, Powerball’s Power Play feature offers the chance to multiply prizes, excluding the jackpot, up to five times the normal payout. After each Wednesday or Saturday Powerball drawing, a wheel is spun to select a number from two to five to determine how much prize, excluding the jackpot, will be multiplied for players who select the Power Play option.
The third-level prize in Powerball was increased from $5,000 to $10,000 with a redesign of the game. The second-level prize also was increased from $100,000 to $200,000. The game design took effect on Aug. 28, 2005.
For more information about Powerball and the Power Play feature, visit the Powerball page.