2009-05-11 16:42:26.273

Illinois Man Keeps His Cool with $200,000 Powerball Prize

audio icon A Waterloo, Ill. man stepped forward on April 28 to claim the Nov. 12, 2008, Powerball prize worth $200,000 days before the prize’s expiration date.  Jason Krebel, a first-time Lottery winner, said he knew he won the prize months ago, but he decided to hold off on claiming the ticket, which he kept "cool" for nearly six months.

"It (ticket) wasn’t in my wallet or anything," he revealed with a chuckle.  "It was in a plastic bag and an envelope, and it was in the refrigerator."

According to Krebel, 36, he confirmed his win at the same place he purchased his ticket, Circle K, 3294 Telegraph Road in St. Louis, in November.

Krebel didn’t tell anybody about the win except for his brother, who he visited after checking his ticket.

"My brother looked it up on the Internet and saw that it was an unclaimed ticket," he said.  "I kept it (ticket) at his house.  It just seemed safer there – less visitors."

When asked about the decision to wait on claiming the ticket, Krebel noted that he didn’t have any particular reason for claiming the ticket when he did at the St. Louis Lottery office.

"We knew it was coming up," he began.  "We’ve been talking about it for the last couple of weeks.  We didn’t want to wait until the last, last minute."

As for plans for the windfall, Krebel said that he "didn’t really have any big plans for it."

Krebel used Quick Pick to select the winning numbers, which were:  1, 18, 25, 29 and 45.

Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $20 million.  Krebel’s ticket was the 116th second-level winning Powerball ticket in Missouri since the game redesign in August 2005.    

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