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December 16, 2009

Curryville Man Wins $200,000 Powerball Prize

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Timothy Flowers is looking forward “to getting out of debt” after matching all five white-ball numbers in the Dec. 5 Powerball drawing.  The feat earned the Curryville boilermaker a cash prize of $200,000.  Flowers purchased his winning ticket at Abel’s Quik Shop, 606 N. Business Highway 61 in Bowling Green, and claimed his prize at Lottery headquarters on Dec. 8.

Flowers, 46, discovered his ticket was a winner when he went back to Abel’s Quick Shop a couple of days following the drawing.

“I went in there and scanned it,” he said, referring to the retailer’s Check-A-Ticket machine.

Though he tried not to create a scene in the store when he realized what he was holding, he was pretty sure his appearance gave him away.

“I was excited,” he said.  “My eyes got as big as saucers, and my mouth hit the floor.”

He then “walked out to my dad and said, ‘You aint going to believe this!’”

Flowers used Powerball’s Quick Pick feature to allow the computer to randomly select his numbers for him.  The winning combination was:  27, 39, 41, 44 and 58. 

As he left the Lottery offices, Flowers had one parting remark.

Shouting “Whoo hoo,” he carried his ceremonial check out the front door, ready to plan for the holidays.

Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $20 million.  Flowers’ ticket was the 154th second-level winning Powerball ticket sold in Missouri.  The estimated jackpot for the next Powerball drawing on Dec. 16 is $77 million.

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