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August 20, 2008

Lee's Summit Woman Wins $40,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo A Lee’s Summit woman won four times the usual $10,000 prize when she used Power Play and matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number for the Aug. 13 Powerball drawing to win $40,000.  Melanie Lombardo, 34, purchased her ticket at QuikTrip, 800 N. E. Woods Chapel in Lee’s Summit.  She stopped at the same QuikTrip on Aug. 14 to check her ticket.  That’s when she learned that she had won the $40,000 prize.

“I’m having a very good morning,” Lombardo said when she claimed her prize.

Lombardo said she had to check her ticket twice to believe it.  She asked one of the store employees to verify that she had won.  The employee told her not say anything and to head straight to the Lottery’s Kansas City regional office.

Lombardo, who manages the office for a small trucking company in Kansas City, said she’s not yet sure what she will do with her prize money.

“I haven’t even thought about it,” Lombardo said.  “I’m still in shock.”

For an extra $1 per play, Powerball’s Power Play feature offers the chance to multiply prizes, excluding the jackpot, up to five times the normal payout.  Before each Wednesday and Saturday Powerball drawing, a wheel is spun to select a number from two to five to determine how much prizes will be multiplied for players who select the Power Play option.





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