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2010-01-05 11:21:14.243

Milan Man Wins $200,000 Playing Powerball

Story Photo A Milan man is now debt-free after he matched all five white-ball numbers in the Dec. 23 Powerball drawing to win $200,000.  Jeffery “Jeff” Jefferson, 50, said he plans to use his prize winnings to pay off his house and his vehicle.  The prize money that is left, he plans to “sit on it for a while.”

“I haven’t been debt-free since back in the ‘80s, so this is going to be different,” said Jefferson, who works in maintenance at Farmland Foods in Milan.

Jefferson purchased his winning ticket at Casey’s, 220 E. Third St. in Milan, on Dec. 23, during his regular Wednesday stop for a Milan Standard newspaper.  He didn’t find out that his ticket was a big winner until he stopped for a paper one week later. 

 “When the clerk checked my ticket, she said to me, ‘You’ve got to go to a Lottery office to claim it,’” he said.  “She almost fainted.

“She said, ‘Are you going to cry?’  And I said, ‘No.’  Then she said, ‘I think I’m going to.’”

Jefferson used Quick Pick to select his lucky numbers.  They were:  8, 32, 49, 51 and 52.

Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $20 million.  Jefferson’s ticket is the 155th second-level winning Powerball ticket sold in Missouri. 

To learn more about Powerball or to view a list of unclaimed prizes, visit Molottery.com.

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