December 11, 2006
Branson Couple Win $200,000 Powerball Prize
A snow storm might have delayed a Branson couple from finding out they won $200,000 on a Powerball ticket they purchased for the Nov. 29 drawing, but they are still relishing the win. Sheila and Randall Sherbon are planning a "beautiful" Christmas after their $1 ticket matched the five white-ball numbers drawn to win the game’s second-level prize.
Sheila Sherbon, 58, is the bookkeeper for Jubilee Foods, 2210 W. Highway 76 in Branson, where she purchased the winning ticket after getting off work on Nov. 29.
"On Thursday we were slammed with people shopping before the storm," Sherbon said. "We were so busy that day I didn’t even have a chance to think about the Lottery."
On Friday, Dec. 1, at 5 a.m., she pulled up the Lottery information on the Lottery terminal and was excited to see that her retail location sold a winning $200,000 Powerball ticket.
"I was so excited that we sold a $200,000 ticket," Sherbon said. "We were trying to think of who it could be. It was about two hours before I checked and saw (the winning ticket) was mine. When I saw the numbers matched on my ticket, I started crying."
Sherbon said she called her husband, who is a truck driver and was stranded in Kansas due to the weather.
"He didn’t believe me," she said.
Sherbon selected her winning numbers by using her daughter’s birthday and age.
In addition to having a nice Christmas, Sherbon said they plan to do some home repairs and share their prize money with their family. They have four children and five grandchildren.
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, 56 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.