April 19, 2010
First Ticket Bought in Two Years Yields $10,000 Powerball Prize
An Alexandria man took a break from playing Powerball for more than two years. Ronald Gates, 69, saw the jackpot rise to $212 million on April 17, so he decided to get back into the game by purchasing a ticket at Bob Land Service, Highway 61 and 136, in Alexandria. That decision made him $10,000 richer.
Gates, who bought one Quick Pick ticket for the April 17 drawing, realized he was a winner the following day.
"I just stopped to get some gas yesterday morning, and I ran it through that automatic teller, and I couldn’t believe it," he recalled.
Gates immediately shared the news with his wife.
"My wife, she was out in the car, so I went out, and I said, ’Well, are you going to Jeff City with me tomorrow? I just won $10,000,’" he shared.
The retired automotive technician said he doesn’t know how he wants to spend the windfall, but his brother and wife have a few ideas.
Gates’ brother suggested that he buy a "camper to take us to Indianapolis to the races." While his wife said she’d like to make a few home improvements.
"She wants a new couch and recliner," he noted. "I guess that’s a start!"
is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $20 million. The winning numbers from the April 17 drawing were: 5, 21, 22, 41 and 49.