A stockbroker from Maryland Heights is celebrating a $200,000 Powerball prize after realizing he held a winning ticket from the Dec. 10, 2008, drawing. Daniel Johnson claimed his prize at the Lottery’s St. Louis regional office on Feb. 13.
According to Johnson, 25, he goes to “the same store on the day of the drawings” each week to purchase a Powerball ticket, using the game’s Quick Pick feature to allow the machine to randomly select the numbers for him. He learned he was a winner through Molottery.com’s “Check My Tickets” service.
“I usually save them (the tickets) up and then check a lot at once,” he said, referring to the time lapse between the drawing and when he claimed his prize.
“When I got to that one, I didn’t believe it. We headed straight up to Schnucks to verify it,” Johnson said of his return trip to the store where he purchased the winning ticket - Schnucks Market, 2030 Dorsett Rd. in Maryland Heights.
“I was in complete shock,” he said. “I’ve been playing for a long time and never won more than $7.”
That streak has now come to an end as Johnson becomes the 121st Missouri Lottery player to win a $200,000 Powerball prize by matching all five white-ball numbers. In his case, the winning combination was 6, 15, 24, 37 and 41.
“I have no idea what I’m going to do (with the money),” said Johnson. Perhaps a nod to his stockbroker background, he added, “Try to use it to make some more money.”
Powerball is a multi-state game with jackpots that start at $20 million. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m. Players have 180 days from each drawing date to claim a prize.