2009-05-29 14:11:35.783

Chesterfield Couple Claim $200,000 Powerball Prize

audio icon A retired Chesterfield man received a $200,000 surprise when he scanned his Powerball ticket at Mobil on the Run, 1789 Clarkson Rd. in Chesterfield, on May 27, and discovered he was holding a winning ticket from the May 23 drawing.  Thomas Speck, 65, used Quick Pick for the winning numbers, which were: 19, 23, 34, 52 and 57.

"We just came back off of vacation, and my wife went to work," said Speck.  "I went to pick up some more tickets, and that’s when I found out that I won the $200,000."

According to Speck, he and his wife Amy "haven’t had a vacation in five years, because we were taking care of my mother-in-law."

"She (mother-in-law) just passed away," he revealed.  "This is her reward.  She probably had us pick the numbers."

Amy, an administrative assistant in Westport, found out about the win when her husband visited her at work. 

"He came to the office, and he said, ’Can you come with me for a little minute," she added.  "I looked at him, and I didn’t know what was going on.  Then my boss came out of her office.  He said, ’Can I whisk her away from the rest of the day?  We just won $200,000 in Powerball!’" 

Although Amy still "had work to do," her boss gave Amy her blessing.  The Specks were off to claim the winning ticket at the St. Louis Lottery office moments later.

"I was still a little bit in shock," said Amy.  "I told him earlier today that Powerball was really up there, so I said, ’Why don’t you get an extra $5 for Powerball,’ which he didn’t do."

According to Tom, he forgot about buying the extra Powerball tickets when he learned that he had won $200,000 from the May 23 drawing.

When asked about plans for the windfall, Tom said they will "spread it around, a little bit here and there."

In terms of advice for fellow Lottery players, Amy noted they’ve "put their fair share in," but overall it’s a gamble.

Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $15 million.  The Speck’s ticket was the 131st second-level winning Powerball ticket in Missouri since the game redesign in August 2005.  The last Powerball jackpot won in Missouri was in 2007 for $254 million. 

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