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May 6, 2009

Sedalia Man Claims $200,000 Powerball Prize

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The price of a Powerball ticket was “worth a dream” for a Sedalia man who walked away with a smile and a $200,000 payday.  Richard Knipp matched all five white-ball numbers in the May 2 drawing to earn the game’s second-level prize, claiming his winnings at Missouri Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City on May 5.

Knipp, 56, said he only buys Powerball tickets on occasion, usually when the jackpot starts to rise.  Though he couldn’t suppress a brief moment of wishing he had matched that elusive red Powerball number, too, he admitted that $200,000 was something to be “pretty excited” about.

After getting his ticket scanned the morning after the drawing to see if it was a winner, Knipp “took it home and woke everybody up” with the good news.   On Monday morning, he followed up with a call to the Lottery where he was instructed to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until he could redeem it.

As far as future plans for the money go, he intends to “just sit on it” and tuck the unexpected cash in the bank.  “I’ll have to think about what to do… retirement mostly.”

Knipp’s was the 129th $200,000-winning Powerball ticket sold in Missouri since 2005.  He purchased his ticket at Jacee’s Express, 3415 E. Broadway in Sedalia, and used Quick Pick to allow the computer to randomly select the numbers for him.  Those numbers were:  3, 20, 38, 42 and 45. 

Powerball is a multi-state game that gives players nine ways to win cash prizes with a jackpot starting at $20 million.  Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m. 







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