A Columbia woman’s last-minute decision to purchase a Powerball ticket during a quick stop for gas in mid-February led to a $10,000 surprise in March.
Meskerem Asfaw, 24, purchased the Powerball ticket at Q Stop V, 2140 Terra Lane in O’Fallon for the Feb. 11 drawing. However, it wasn’t until a few weeks later that she realized it was a winner.
“I don’t usually check them (tickets) right away,” said Asfaw, a first time Lottery winner who buys Powerball tickets “just once in a while.”
She held on to the ticket and later had it scanned at another gas station.
“When they told me, I didn’t believe it,” she said.
Asfaw wants “to do a nursing program” and plans to put her winnings toward “school tuition.”
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.