March 21, 2007
St. Peters Man Claims $200,000 Powerball Prize
A St. Peters man is planning some home remodeling projects after he won $200,000 playing the Missouri Lottery’s Powerball game. James Kelley’s ticket matched all five white-ball numbers drawn on March 14 to win the game’s second-level prize. He purchased his winning ticket at Short Stop Convenience, 30 W. Highway D in New Melle.
Kelley, 54, said he took his ticket to a local retailer to check it the day after the drawing. When the clerk told him that he won $200,000, he called his wife, Ann.
"I told her that we won and to call Jeff. City to find out what we were supposed to do," Kelley said. "She thought I was teasing. She didn’t believe me."
Kelley, who works in sales, said in addition to home remodeling projects, he plans to use some of his winnings to pay bills.
Kelley let the computer select his winning numbers. They were: 4, 27, 30, 39 and 44.
The second-level Powerball prize increased from $100,000 to $200,000 when the game underwent a redesign on Aug. 28, 2005. Since the game’s redesign, 68 winning $200,000 Powerball tickets have been sold in Missouri.