2009-01-09 10:57:11.947

Warrenton Woman Claims $10,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo A Warrenton woman was "shocked" when she discovered that she won a $10,000 Powerball prize in the Jan. 3 drawing.  Frances Lewis, 50, purchased the winning ticket from Q Stop, 715 N. State Highway 47 in Warrenton.

"I asked the lady at the store if what I was seeing was right, and she said ’Do you know how much you won?" Lewis began.  "I just stood there and shook my head, because I didn’t believe it.  I was in shock!"

According to Lewis, the store clerk even asked the manager to look at the ticket to confirm it was a winner.

"I still haven’t told my husband, but I have a plan about how I am going to," revealed Lewis with a chuckle.  "When he gets off tonight, I am going to show him the bank receipt.  I could also get the cash and put it everywhere."

When asked about plans for the prize money, Lewis, a first-time Lottery winner, said "it’s already gone!"

"I am going to buy my good friend a new desk to start," said Lewis.  "My dog was diagnosed with heartworm, so this will help with the treatments."

Lewis used Quick Pick to select the winning numbers which were:  17, 24, 38, 44 and 55.

Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $20 million. 

As of Jan. 4, sales of the new and improved Powerball game began, which raised the starting jackpot from $15 million to $20 million.  Additional enhancements to the new game include average jackpots of $141 million, an automatic $1 million prize for matching five white balls when using the Power Play feature and better overall chances to win.  To learn more about the new Powerball game, visit

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