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January 12, 2007

St. Louis Sisters Share $200,000 Lottery Prize

Story Photo Sisters JoAnn Chrismer (63118)* and Patricia Largent (63109),* both of St. Louis, said they share everything. In fact, they will share the $200,000 prize Chrismer won when she matched all five white-ball numbers drawn in the Jan. 3 Powerball drawing.
Chrismer, 56, said they have played together every week for at least five years. They each buy the same number of tickets with the agreement that if one of them wins, they will share the prize. Chrismer purchased the winning ticket at Shell, 8600 Watson Road in St. Louis. She used Quick Pick to the let the computer select her numbers. The winning numbers were 12, 12, 24, 35 and 55.
A sign at Shell alerted Chrismer that a winning $200,000 Powerball ticket had been sold there. She took the ticket to the counter and had it checked, and that’s when she discovered she was a winner. Chrismer said she quickly finished her errands and went home to tell her husband.
"I called my sister and told her, ’Now, don’t scream,’" Chrismer said.
Chrismer plans to use some of her prize to help her niece, Largent’s daughter, with educational expenses. She said she hasn’t thought about what else she will do with her prize.
"I keep thinking this is a dream," Chrismer said.
Largent also plans to use part of her share of the prize to pay for her daughter’s high school tuition.
"At least I know now I can pay for high school," Largent said. "I don’t have to worry about it. This is a blessing in disguise."
Largent said she also might "do a little shopping" and take a summer trip with part of her prize.
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, 59 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.

* Winner’s ZIP code is included to help media determine coverage area.





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