2006-04-28 16:35:01.207

Winfield Teen Wins $200,000 With Lottery Ticket Bought On 18th Birthday

Story Photo audio icon A Winfield teenager had serious beginner’s luck when he bought his first Powerball ticket on the night of his 18th birthday and ended up winning $200,000 in the April 22 drawing. Patrick "P.J." Kearns III, 18, said he just got off work at QuikTrip, 391 N. Main St. in St. Peters, around 9 p.m., and he bought some Scratchers tickets and $5 worth of Powerball tickets. Kearns, who is a junior at Winfield High School, said he bought Lottery tickets that night "just because I could." He let the computer select the winning numbers. They were: 4, 5, 6, 18 and 27. Kearns didn’t find out that he’d won the $200,000 second-level prize until Sunday, April 23, when he was back at work. "I asked the manager if he would run my numbers for me and he ran them, and he’s like, ’No way,’" said Kearns. "I turned around because I’m ringing someone out, and I’m like, ’Holy Cow!’ I was jumping everywhere; running and telling everybody." Kearns said he told many of his friends about his win the next day at school. "Everybody is just amazed that they know somebody that did that," he said. Kearns said he plans to use his prize money wisely. He said he will save some money for his college education, and he plans to buy a car. He also said he will invest the rest to "make more money off the money I made." "I’m not going to go crazy with it," he said. 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, 36 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.

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