2006-05-10 11:10:34.597

St. Charles Father, Sons Claim $1 Million Powerball Prize

Story Photo A St. Charles man and his two sons claimed the first $1 million prize won by a Missouri Powerball player using the Power Play feature. Joseph Hampson, 79, and his sons Richard Hampson, 44, of Clinton, Conn., and Todd Hampson, 41, of St. Charles won the $1 million prize when their ticket matched all five white-ball numbers drawn April 29 to win the second-level prize of $200,000. Since they used the $1 Power Play feature and the Power Play number drawn was five, the prize multiplied to $1 million. Joseph Hampson, an architect, purchased the winning ticket at QuikTrip, 1640 S. 5th St. in Charles. He let the computer select the winning numbers: 19, 30, 35, 40 and 41. Todd Hampson, a software engineer, said the three of them would occasionally purchase Lottery tickets with the expectation that they would share any big jackpots. He said he was surprised when his dad showed up at his house the day following the drawing. "Dad came over the next morning, showed me the ticket and just smiled," Todd Hampson said. "It still is hard to believe." The three Hampsons will share the prize equally, which means they will each receive a check for about $333,333 before taxes. Todd Hampson said the three men aren’t sure what they will do with their prize money, but said he and his brother, Richard, who is a system engineer, will probably pay a few debts and save for their children’s college educations. Todd and his wife, Jeanne, have three children, and Richard and his wife, Lynda, have two children. 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.

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