2009-08-10 13:43:40.057

Park Hills Man Claims $200,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo audio icon Travel for work kept a Department of Veterans Affairs employee from claiming a $200,000 prize for more than two weeks.  Douglas Robinson of Park Hills bought a single Quick Pick ticket for the July 18 Powerball drawing at QuikTrip, 11444 St. Charles Rock Road in Bridgeton, the day before the drawing. 
"I had just returned from a business trip and stopped in QuikTrip," recalled Robinson.  "I got me a glass of tea and was like, ’Oh, $61 million.  Give me a $1 Quick Pick on Powerball.’"
Robinson said he carried the ticket around in his wallet for about 10 days before checking it at a retail location.  When he scanned the ticket, he learned that it was a $200,000 winner. 
"I thought ’There’s gotta be something wrong.  There’s no way,’" said Robinson.  "I wound up checking it four times." 
Because he was leaving for another business trip, Robinson signed the ticket and locked it up until he could return and claim it at the St. Louis regional Lottery office on August 4.  That gave him some time to consider his luck and his options. 
"One, how blessed I am to get so lucky on a $1 Quick Pick," started Robinson.  "And then the normal stuff, taxes, how to invest it, make sure it does me and my family good for a long time." 

Robinson, 42, and his wife, Corinne, plan on using the windfall to create college funds for their three children, as well as invest some for retirement. 
"And splurge a little," said Robinson.  "I’m buying a Harley.  If the boss lets me," he added. 

Powerball is a multi-state game with jackpots that start at $20 million.  Robinson matched all five white-ball numbers to win the second-prize of $200,000.  The winning numbers were: 4, 21, 26, 28 and 47.

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