2008-10-23 16:20:02.66

St. Charles Woman Claims $200,000 Powerball Prize

A St. Charles woman is sharing her good fortune with her entire family after claiming the $200,000 Powerball prize from the Oct. 8 drawing.  Tracey Hittler, 31, of St. Charles didn’t check her ticket she purchased from Schnucks Market, 800 S. Duchesne in St. Charles, until Oct. 14.  Hittler, who selected the Quick Pick method for her numbers, stopped at a local store to scan her ticket, but was unable to receive confirmation from the clerk on the amount of her prize until later that day.

"The machine said I was a winner, so I asked the clerk how much I had won," said Hittler.  "The clerk wasn’t able to tell me the exact amount.  I raced home to check my ticket on-line."

Hittler, a stay-at-home mother of two, received a pleasant surprise when she realized that her ticket was a $200,000 winner.

"I couldn’t believe it when I found out how much I had won," said Hittler. 

When asked what she planned to do with her prize money, Hittler explained that she was going to share it with her family and possibly take a trip.

"I’m afraid to fly, so well probably go somewhere we can drive to," said Hittler.  "Maybe well go to Branson."

Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $15 million.  Hittler’s ticket was the 114th second-level winning Powerball ticket in Missouri since the game redesign in August 2005.  The Oct. 8 winning numbers were: 2, 12, 17, 48 and 54. 

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