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October 30, 2009

Eldon Man Gets $10,000 Treat For Halloween

Story Photo audio icon An Eldon man thought he was receiving a trick, rather than a treat, when his wife told him the Powerball ticket he believed was worth $7 was really worth $10,000. 

James Sidebottom, 65, wasn’t in a rush to claim his ticket from the Sept. 26 Powerball drawing, so it sat in his home for more than a month. 

His wife, Gayle, decided to cash in the ticket at a grocery store while running errands with two of their six grandchildren on Oct. 29. 

"I took it (ticket) to the counter, and I said, ’My husband said this is a $7 ticket,’" she recalled.

After realizing the ticket was worth more than she expected, Gayle called her husband with the good news.

"Your $7 ticket is worth $10,000," she relayed to her husband over the phone, to which he replied, ’You’re kidding?’"

It wasn’t until they claimed the ticket at the Jefferson City Lottery office hours later that the Sidebottoms believed the ticket was a winner.

"I’m still in shock," James added.

The first-time Lottery winners said they will use the windfall for Christmas shopping, because it’s "getting close to the holidays."

The winning ticket was purchased at Jiffy Stop, 15 S. Business Highway 54 in Eldon.

Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $20 million.  To view a list of unclaimed Powerball prizes, visit Molottery.com.

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