2006-05-16 12:41:30.927

Kearney Man Discovers He Holds a $200,000 Powerball Ticket

Story Photo A Kearney man found a Powerball ticket worth $200,000 when he went to check some old Missouri Lottery tickets. Chris Koehler, 30, said on May 10 he saw a sign on the door of Pour Boys, 405 W. 92 Highway in Kearney, which read that a winning unclaimed $200,000 Powerball ticket for the April 1 drawing had been sold at that store. Koehler, a software consultant, said he remembered then that he had not checked his Lottery tickets in a few weeks. That evening at home, he collected his tickets from his desk and checked the winning numbers on the Internet. One of those Powerball tickets matched all five-white ball numbers drawn on April 1 to win the game’s second-level prize. "I just started shaking (when he discovered the win), and I told my wife, ’You’re not going to believe this,’" he said. Koehler said he buys Lottery tickets periodically and then places them in his desk at home. He then checks the tickets at a later time. He let the computer select his winning numbers. They were: 1, 10, 23, 50 and 55. Koehler and his wife, Shelly, said they plan to use their winnings to pay off their vehicles and their student loans, and then invest the rest. 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, 32 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.

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