2007-07-16 16:13:39.047

Vandalia Woman Happy Being One Number Short

Story Photo audio icon A Vandalia woman almost missed purchasing her Powerball ticket for the July 14 drawing, and even though she missed the jackpot by one number, she was more than happy to claim her $10,000 prize. Janet Turner, 56, stopped by Hickman’s IGA, 1555 W Highway 54 in Vandalia, around 8:30 p.m.
Saturday after spending the day visiting her daughter in Columbia. Powerball sales close at 8:59 p.m. so she asked the clerk to run off $5 in Quick Picks for that night’s drawing. Luck was on her side, and the ticket matched four white ball numbers plus the Powerball. She called the winning numbers hotline on Sunday morning and after realizing that her ticket was a winner, Turner went on-line to see what she had won. As a regular player and MyLottery member, she was able to enter her numbers into a database that highlights the matching selections and displays the prize won.
"No one was home, so I sent my husband a text message at church because I thought he wouldn’t have his cell phone on," said Turner. He slipped out of the service and called her right back asking, "Are you sure?"
Powerball is a multi-state game that offers jackpots starting at $15 million.

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