2007-01-11 19:01:32.64

Marthasville Man Wins $200,000 in Powerball

Story Photo A retired Marthasville farmer cultivated a $200,000 prize in the Jan. 3 Powerball drawing. Kenneth "Ken" Schwoeppe, 66, said he usually buys $2 worth of Missouri Lotto tickets and $2 worth of Powerball tickets twice a week. But he never thought he would win a prize this big. "My 7-year-old grandson said, ’It pays for grandpa to go drink coffee,’" he mused. Schwoeppe explained that he goes to S & R Convenience in Marthasville in the mornings to have coffee with some friends. That’s when he buys the Lottery tickets. His winning ticket matched the five white-ball numbers drawn on Jan. 3. They were 10, 12, 24, 35 and 55. Schwoeppe let the computer generate his lucky numbers. Schwoeppe said he and his wife, Therese, plan to share some of the prize money with their four grown children and 10 grandchildren. "We just built a new house, so we will put some money toward buying some things," Schwoeppe said. He added that they may also take a "little trip" and might donate to some charities. 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, 61 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.

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