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January 7, 2010

St. Louis Couple Wins $30,000 With Power Play

Story Photo audio icon Even though Avida Williams and Eric Reitan were only one number away from a jackpot, the couple was more than happy with their $30,000 Powerball prize. 
   
"It was a wonderful blessing," explained Williams.  "It was really exciting, and it was so much fun.  I was jumping and down and screaming.  I was spinning around in circles. The whole thing was very exciting."       
   
According to Williams, the couple normally plays a set of family birthdates and sentimental dates for each Powerball drawing.  But the day before the Dec. 30 drawing, Williams broke routine and asked her husband to pick up $5 worth of Quick Pick tickets. 
   
"I just said, ’Go get me five Quick Picks.  Make sure you do Power Play.’  I always have to do the Power Play," she added.
   
By adding Power Play to their ticket, the couple turned what would have been a $10,000 prize into $30,000.  Reitan purchased the winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 509 Bates St., in St. Louis.    
   
Williams, who runs Le’Crissa’s Homemade Candles, Scent by Angel, out of her home, was about to start work the day after the drawing when she discovered the ticket was a winner.  She sat down at the computer early in the morning to check the winning numbers.  As Williams matched her tickets against the Powerball Web site, she began to wonder if she was dreaming.     
   
"I just kept looking at it, and then I said, ’Wait, wait, wait.  Wake up, wake up, you’re asleep, wake up!’  I looked at it some more and then I started screaming for my husband." 
                         
Reitan, who was still half-asleep, called from the top of the stairs, "Honey, what’s wrong?" 
   
Williams continued, "I walked him over to the computer and said, ’Look at the ticket.  Now look at the screen.  Look at the ticket and look at the screen!’ 
   
"I called my daughter. I called my son.  I paced around the floor, a lot, going, ’I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it.’" 
   
The couple said they would pay some bills and get a car for Avida.  Williams indicated that she would put some of the money into her business.  She also said that she would continue to play the Lottery. 
   
"Just play and believe you’re going to win.  And you can’t win if you don’t play," she added. 
   
Powerball is a multi-state game with jackpots that start at $20 million.  For an extra $1 at the time of purchase, players can add Power Play and multiply any winnings, other than the jackpot, by a Power Play number between two and five.  The Power Play number on Dec. 30 was three.

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