2009-02-17 15:35:04.46

Fredericktown Man Claims $200,000 Powerball Prize

A Fredericktown man has his own persistence and his fiancé’s "sturdy purse" to thank for his recent $200,000 windfall.  Rodney Rhodes, a heavy equipment operator, said he always purchases a Powerball ticket on Friday afternoons from the same store on his way home from work.  However, when he stopped at Cherokee Pass Conoco, 6764 Highway 67 in Fredericktown, on Jan. 30, he did something a little different. 

"I asked my fiancé to hold the ticket in her purse for me," said Rhodes.  "We both forgot about the drawing after that."

According to Rhodes, 46, it wasn’t until friends prompted him to check his Powerball ticket from the Jan. 31 drawing that he remembered the ticket had been tucked away in his fiancé’s bag for several days.

"We couldn’t believe the winning ticket had been sitting in that purse for days," revealed Rhodes.  

Rhodes, a first-time Lottery winner, noted that he is from Missouri, and Missourians "don’t believe it until they see it."  It took receiving confirmation from the Missouri Lottery’s St. Louis office to really believe that he had won.

Rhodes already has plans "in the works" for the prize money, which include purchasing "a few trailers" to go on his land and saving for retirement.

Rhodes used Quick Pick to randomly choose the winning numbers, which were: 1, 14, 26, 33 and 41, from the Jan. 31 drawing.

Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $20 million.  Rhodes’ ticket was the 127th second-level winning Powerball ticket in Missouri. 

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