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August 11, 2010

$1 Million Powerball Prize Claimed in Springfield

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The holder of a Powerball ticket worth $1 million from the May 26 drawing has stepped forward to claim his prize.  Donald Simmon of Springfield matched all five white-ball numbers during the drawing, and because he also chose the Power Play option, his “Match 5” prize of $200,000 was automatically multiplied to $1 million.

Simmon said he waited more than two months to claim his prize because he and his wife were “trying to find out how to best handle it.”

According to Simmon, it was his wife who discovered they held the winning ticket.

“She had heard on TV that there was an unclaimed ticket in Springfield,” he explained.  “They said the numbers, and she identified them as our grandsons’ birthdays.  Then she yelled at me to come inside, and that’s when we figured it out.”

Simmon, who purchased his ticket at Price Cutter Plus, 2021 W. Republic Road in Springfield, said his newfound winnings are “going into a trust.”  His win marks the sixth time a Missouri Lottery player has turned a “Match 5” base prize of $200,000 into $1 million using the Power Play option.

Powerball players have nine ways to win in the multi-state game.  With drawings held every Wednesday and Saturday night, the game features a jackpot prize that starts at $20 million and continues to grow until someone wins it.  Powerball winners have exactly 180 days from the drawing to claim their prize.

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