2010-04-30 08:30:24.003

Mistake Results in $10,000 Lottery Prize

audio icon A Missouri Lottery retailer who bought a Powerball ticket printed by accident has been rewarded with a $10,000 prize.  Mary Ann Mathews of St. Louis claimed the winning ticket on behalf of her husand, Cijo Mathews, who bought the mistake ticket from his own store, Garner’s Market, 4301 Seibert Ave., in St. Louis.  According to Mathews, a player asked for a Mega Millions ticket and was given a Powerball ticket instead.  Cijo generated a new ticket for the player and sold the errant one to his wife, who was visiting the store to bring him lunch. 
"Somebody asked for Lottery, but they actually asked for Mega Millions, not Powerball," explained Mathews.  "By accident, he chose Powerball.  They were like, ’No, no, I want Mega Millions.’  He said, ’That’s fine.  My wife will buy this ticket; it’s not a big deal.’  He ended up playing his own numbers, too, but it was this ticket that won. 
"It was like, so fluke, that it happened, you know.  If the guy had just accepted the ticket, it would have been his!" 
The $5 Quick Pick ticket matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number in the April 28 drawing.  The winning numbers were:  12, 22, 25, 28, 44, and the Powerball number was 24. 
The windfall comes at a good time for the Mathews’.  The couple is expecting their first child later this year. 
"Now that the baby’s coming, we’ve definitely got a lot of expenses coming this summer," said Mathews.  "So actually, it’s perfect timing.  It’s perfect to have a little bit of money to help out with, you know, crib, nursery furniture, all that stuff.  It’s not cheap." 
"I was just freaking out yesterday, I was telling him, ’What do you want to do?  How are we going to afford this?’  He was like, ’Don’t worry, we’ll figure it out somehow.’  It’s just amazing how things ended up working out." 
Mary Ann said that she used to chide her husband for spending too much money on Lottery tickets.  Her skepticism earned her the job of presenting the ticket for claim at the St. Louis regional Lottery office. 
"He was like, ’Oh yeah?  We’re never going to win?  Go and get this money you say we’re not making.’ 
"Just stick with it," she suggested.  "Maybe it will just happen when the time is right.  You never know what’s going to happen."  
Powerball is a multi-lottery Numbers Game drawn on Wednesday and Saturday nights.  Jackpots start at $20 million and have grown to more than $300 million.  Missouri’s largest Powerball jackpot was $258.5 million, won by a man from Marshall on April 21. 

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