2010-02-11 11:46:50.007

Bloomsdale Man Hauls In $200,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo audio icon A retired heavy equipment operator from Bloomsdale is the latest winner of a $200,000 Powerball prize.  Wayne Fallert, 64, buys tickets for each Missouri Lottery drawing once a week.  He routinely visits the Bloomsdale 66 station, 290 Mill Hill Road in Bloomsdale, and picks up a couple of tickets for that week’s drawings of Powerball, Lotto and Show Me Cash.  Fallert purchased a Powerball ticket on Feb. 4 for the next two drawings, but he didn’t have to wait long to become a winner. 
"I probably got gas.  I buy it at the same place the majority of the time," explained Fallert.  "I buy them (tickets) every week.  I get them for two draws at a time.  I use all the kids’ birthdays, and my wife’s (birthday), and then I take one Quick Pick on the Powerball.  It was the Quick Pick that hit." 
When he returned for fuel on Feb. 9, a store employee informed Fallert that the store had sold a $200,000 winning ticket.   
"They said, ’Hey Wayne, we got a winner.  Have you checked your numbers?’  I said, ’No, I’m sure it’s not me.’  So she gave me the winning numbers, and I walked out to the pickup and came back in," recalled Fallert. 
"I said, ’You wouldn’t believe this, but I’ve got it.’  She didn’t believe me at first, but I did." 
Fallert said he called his wife, Wanda, who "broke down in tears."  The couple then drove to the St. Louis regional Lottery office to claim their prize. 
There are no real plans for the windfall, but Fallert said he might spend a little on his hobbies.   
"We got a pretty new home.  Got a few bills left over from the kids’ college, so we’ll pay them.  It’ll make everything a lot easier. 
"I’ve always been interested in tractors," said Fallert.  "I’d tractor pull for like 14 years.  I was Missouri state champion for six years in a row.  Now I just bought some older tractors and got them fixed up pretty nice.  I like to go to those plow days and plow."  
According to Fallert, not much about their life will change.  He still plans to buy Lottery tickets and will continue his part-time job of hauling grains for local farmers.  
"The thing I learned is people who retire and sit and watch TV don’t live very long," he said.  "I always tell people, I learned when you don’t work, you spend money.  So when you go to work, you make it in two ways."  
Fallert’s $200,000 prize is one of two second prizes won in Missouri from the Feb. 6 Powerball drawing.  A third ticket sold, matching all five white-ball numbers, included the Power Play option.  That ticket, worth $1 million, was sold in Fenton and remains unclaimed.  
Powerball is a multi-Lottery Numbers Game with jackpots starting at $20 million.  There are nine different ways to win prizes playing Powerball.

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