December 15, 2006
High Ridge Fireman Wins $200,000 Powerball Prize
A High Ridge firefighter stopped at a convenience store for a newspaper and ended up winning $200,000 on a Powerball ticket. William "Bill" Robinson, 45, said he went to Quick Stuff, 5300 Caroline Drive in High Ridge, on Dec. 9 to buy a St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper. When he found out the store was out of newspapers, he started to walk out, but at the last minute decided to buy $3 worth of Powerball tickets. One of those three combinations matched all five white-ball numbers to win the $200,000 second-level prize.
"We’ll use it to pay a bunch of bills - we’ve got a kid in college," he said. "We’ll put the rest away for retirement."
Robinson also added that he and his wife, Linda, may also use some of the prize money to "do some work around the house." The Robinsons are the parents of three children who range in age from 14 to 18.
Robinson let the computer "Quick Pick" his winning numbers on his Powerball ticket. They were: 19, 22, 30, 34 and 52.
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.