A Friday stop for gas at the same location he had purchased Powerball tickets days earlier provided just the news Steve Garcia needed to kick off the weekend. The Kansas City man casually checked his Powerball tickets from the Oct. 14 drawing and discovered he held a winning ticket worth $200,000.
“My girlfriend said, ‘You know what? We ought to check those tickets while we’re here,’” he recalled.
The couple soon realized they had matched all five white-ball numbers and headed directly to the Lottery’s Kansas City regional office to claim the prize.
A retired welder, Garcia said he “didn’t know what to think” about such a large win, citing good timing all the way around.
“I usually just play for Saturday, but I started playing Wednesdays about three weeks ago,” he explained. “This comes at a good time; I guess God just blessed us.”
He doesn’t know yet just how the prize money will be spent, but Garcia knows one thing for sure.
“I’ll keep playing,” he said with a laugh.
Garcia purchased his winning ticket at QuikTrip, 2525 Burlington St. in North Kansas City. It was the 145th time a Powerball ticket sold in Missouri has led to a $200,000 prize. Garcia used a combination of family birthdays and ages to select his winning numbers.
Powerball is a multi-state game with jackpots starting at $20 million. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m.