2009-03-09 16:15:35.123

Kirksville Couple Almost Tosses $200,000 Powerball Ticket

Check those tickets.  Melissa Huttenstine of Kirksville buys a Powerball ticket every Wednesday, and almost tossed out a winning ticket. 
"I saw it in my purse and assumed I had checked it already, since it was a couple of weeks old," explained Huttenstine. 

Luckily, she decided to look up the numbers and was shocked to learn it was worth $200,000.

"I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea that I could have thrown that ticket away," said Huttenstine.

Huttenstine purchased the ticket as part of her morning routine at Casey’s, 1620 S. Baltimore in Kirksville.  After discovering on Feb. 26 that she had won the second prize in Powerball, a co-worker insisted that she sign the back of the ticket and make plans to claim it at Missouri Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City.   Huttenstine made the trip with her husband, Tony, on Feb. 27. 

"It’s just going to set us up," said Tony about the win.  "Make it to where a guy can still work and be a little comfortable.  Not have to be a week-to-week outfit, have a little money for repairs, maybe start an IRA and not worry as much about retirement as we have been." 

The lucky couple says they’ll use the money to erase most of their debt and put some back as a "cushion."  They also plan to remodel the bathroom and kitchen in their home. 

"We have a 1970’s kitchen," said Tony.  "It really needs to go." 

Huttenstine used Quick Pick to select her winning numbers.  She matched all five white-ball numbers in the Feb. 4 Powerball drawing:  7, 24, 30, 32 and 44.

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