2009-02-06 10:02:07.66

Maryland Heights Man Collects $200,000 Powerball Prize

A Maryland Heights man is $200,000 richer after claiming a winning Powerball ticket from the Jan. 28 drawing.

Khaled Al-Sagr, 39, randomly selected the winning numbers, which were:  5, 10, 18, 23 and 32.  Al-Sagr purchased the ticket at Cherokee Market, 2850 Cherokee St. in St. Louis.

According to Al-Sagr, a first-time Lottery winner, he never considered himself "lucky" before.

"I always feel like I am not lucky, because I never win," said Al-Sagr.  "I was very surprised when I scanned the ticket this morning, and it said that I had to claim it (prize) at a Lottery office."

It wasn’t until Al-Sagr claimed his ticket at the St. Louis Lottery office that he learned just how much he had actually won.

"I am going home right now to tell my wife that we really won, because she didn’t believe me at first," said Al-Sagr.

When asked about plans for the prize money, Al-Sagr, a father of three, said he was going to pay bills and "help family and friends" in need.

Powerball is a multi-state game with jackpots that start at $20 million.  For an extra dollar, players can select the Power Play option to multiply their non-jackpot prizes between two and five times.

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