July 30, 2008
Iowa Trucker Stops for Powerball
A truck driver from Thompson, Iowa, made a recent delivery in St. Louis that required an overnight stay. One of his first stops after unloading his payload was to seek out some Missouri Lottery tickets, including a ticket for the July 26 Powerball drawing. Allen Place, 58, purchased a $40,000 winning ticket from St. Andrews Mini Mart, 2000 Campus Drive in St. Charles. He matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball to win $10,000, but because he added the Power Play option, multiplied the prize by the Power Play number of four.
"When Powerball came out with the 10 multiplier (during a promotion) I thought, you know, I should play that all the time," said Place. "I’ve been expecting to win; it just hasn’t come soon enough."
Place, who likes to fly airplanes in his spare time, plans to use the money to settle some debt. He said his trucking business has been "going backward" due to the high cost of fuel and maintenance. This win will help him catch up, and he’s looking forward to the next win so that he can buy his own plane.
"I just love it," Place said about flying. "I want a Pitts (airplane) for aerobatics. I love doing aerobatics."
When asked if he planned on taking a vacation, Place laughed. He said he enjoyed traveling the states and stopping in different cities.
"I’m on vacation all the time," Place explained. "I drive a truck."
Powerball is a multi-state game with jackpots that start at $15 million and features eight other ways to win from $3 to $200,000. For an extra dollar, players can select the Power Play option to multiply their non-jackpot prizes between two and five times.