2010-09-17 14:08:08.713

Illinois Man Wins $10,000 Missouri Lottery Prize

Story Photo audio icon A Jerseyville, Ill., man, who frequently crosses the river to buy gas and Lottery tickets, hit pay dirt in Missouri.  Leonard Akers, 55, said he usually buys gas in Missouri because it’s cheaper.  A Powerball ticket he purchased during one of those trips turned out to be a $10,000 winner. 

Akers bought a $2 Quick Pick ticket for the Sept. 8 Powerball drawing at Rivers Edge, 14700 U.S. Highway 67, in West Alton.   He said the store is just a half-mile across the bridge from his job at ConAgra Foods in Alton, Ill. 

“I figure it’s worth a buck, take a chance every once in a while,” explained Akers.  “I don’t buy them every week, just whenever I think about it.” 

That was enough to win Akers a $10,000 prize.  He matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number from the Sept. 8 drawing.  The winning numbers were:  10, 35, 39, 51, 57 and the Powerball number was 20.  
“I went back to the same place I bought it, actually, just to buy another ticket, and I had them check this one for me.  It kind of shocked me, because the girl didn’t know what to expect either.  She checked it, and then she told me that I had to take it to a claim office.  I didn’t know if I was going to be able to walk out of the place,” said Akers. 
Akers, who was just married in April, said the money would be used to pay bills, including a few from the wedding.  
“It will come in real handy,” he said. 
Even though he has mainly played Powerball in the past and just when he “thought about it,” Akers said that the win has given him a new appreciation for the Lottery. 
“I may buy them a little more often now,” he said. 
Powerball is a multi-Lottery Numbers Game with jackpots starting at $20 million. For an extra $1 at the time of purchase, players can add a Power Play option that will multiply all winnings other than the jackpot by a Power Play number selected during the drawing.

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