2007-09-24 15:08:22.78

Festus Woman Wins $50,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo Audrey Richards, Festus, said she had "good beginner’s luck" when she played Powerball for the Sept. 15 drawing. Richards, 50, matched four of five white-ball numbers and the Powerball number to win the third-level $10,000 prize. She played the Power Play option, which allows players, for an extra $1, to multiply their prizes up to five times. Because Richards chose the Power Play option, and the Power Play number was five, her prize was multiplied to $50,000.
Richards purchased her winning ticket at Country Mart, 1 Parkway Drive in Potosi. She said her mother talked her into playing, so she’s planning to share some of her prize money with her.
"My mother called me," Richards said. "She told me I had won. I really didn’t know what to do."
Richards plans to pay off some bills with her prize and to celebrate with her mom.
"Mom and I are going to go out and have a good time," Richards said.

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