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February 9, 2010

Intuition Guides Jefferson City Woman to Powerball Prize

Story Photo audio icon A Jefferson City woman is thankful she didn’t ignore an inclination she had to play Powerball on Feb. 3.  Joyce Jarrett, 56, buys Powerball tickets for most drawings, but admits to missing some on occasion.   She hadn’t planned on buying tickets the day of her win, but a "strong desire" prompted her to make a stop at Break Time, 1200 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City, to purchase tickets.  The decision proved to be a profitable one earning the first-time Lottery winner a $10,000 prize. 

Jarrett, who works as a nurse in Columbia, said she checked her ticket at Break Time’s Check-A-Ticket machine, but she didn’t realize what she had won right away.

"At first it said, ’Invalid,’" she began.  "I took it back out and then I put it back in, and it said, ’You’re a winner.’"

She recalled seeing "all the zeros," but assumed she had won $10.

"Then I start counting the zeros, and I’m like, ’No, that’s not what it said,’" she revealed. 

She returned the ticket to the machine to check one more time.

"My heart started beating real fast," she recalled.  "I walked over to the terminal, and said, ’Can you check this ticket?’" 

The store had already heard that they sold a winning ticket, but it wasn’t until that moment that Jarrett and the store clerks realized the winner’s identity. 

The mother of two and grandmother of five said her family was very excited about her win when she shared the news.  One of Jarrett’s grandchildren even had a suggestion about how her grandmother could spend the prize money.

"The other granddaughter texted me and said, ’Why don’t you buy 10,000 Powerball tickets,’" she said with a laugh.

However, Jarrett had her own idea of how she wanted to spend the prize money – a family vacation and a celebration dinner. 

Powerball is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $20 million.  Jarrett used Quick Pick to select the winning numbers for the Feb. 3 drawing, which were:  17, 22, 36, 37 and 52.

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