2006-09-22 18:01:28.21

Trucker Picks Up $200,000 On Powerball Ticket Bought In West Plains

Story Photo A truck driver from Aberdeen, Miss., will take care of his home after he won $200,000 on a Powerball ticket he purchased in West Plains for the Sept. 13 drawing. Freddie Thompson, 50, said he normally buys Powerball tickets when he drives through Missouri. Thompson purchased his winning ticket at Snappy Mart, 3675 N. Highway 63 in West Plains. He let the computer pick the winning combination of five white-ball numbers. Those numbers were: 15, 19, 26, 45 and 47. Thompson said he plans to use his prize money to invest in stocks and bonds, pay off his mortgage and pay for some home improvements. "I’m remodeling my house, so I will be doing that," he said when he claimed his prize at the Missouri Lottery’s Springfield office on Sept. 18. 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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