2010-11-03 16:18:44.473

Perry Man Makes a 'Haul in Hallsville' with $200,000 Powerball Prize

Story Photo audio icon A Perry woman didn’t know what to think when her husband, who is known for playing practical jokes on his family, called her on Nov. 1 to say he won a $200,000 Powerball prize.

“I just didn’t believe him,” said Cindy Lucas with a laugh.

To Cindy’s surprise, her husband, David, wasn’t kidding around this time.  He used Quick Pick to match all five white-ball numbers in the Oct. 30 Powerball drawing, earning him a $200,000 prize.

The United Parcel Service (UPS) freight truck driver said he always buys Powerball tickets at Casey’s General Store, 103 Route OO in Hallsville, when he’s passing through.  While working the night shift on Nov. 1, he stopped for gas and remembered that he had been carrying around a Powerball ticket in his pocket for the past few days.

The first-time Lottery winner always hoped that one day he’d “make a big haul in Hallsville,” but he never thought those dreams would come to fruition.

“I don’t think I ever won more than $3,” he shared.

His luck quickly changed when he scanned his Powerball ticket.

“I filled up gas, and I went in to check my numbers,” he explained.  “I looked at it (ticket), and it said $200,000.  I stopped and put my glasses on and checked it again.”

Lucas, 53, scanned his ticket at a Check-A-Ticket machine a total of four times before he began to believe that he was holding a winning ticket.

“I tried to take off work, but we were busy,” he said.  “So, I had to drive all night saying, ‘$200,000!’”

Before continuing on his route, Lucas’ wife met him outside of the convenience store to collect the winning ticket for “safekeeping” until his shift ended the following morning.

“I couldn’t ride around with a $200,000 ticket in my pocket all night!” exclaimed Lucas, who drives from “Columbia to St. Louis to Kansas City and back to Columbia every night.”

It wasn’t long until fellow UPS workers knew about the win.

“By the time I got to St. Louis, everybody knew I had won $200,000,” he added.  “It was all night that people were calling me saying, ‘Congratulations!’” 

After a long shift, Lucas drove to his Perry home to pick up his wife and one of their four children to claim the prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City. 

“I just got off work,” he noted.  “I haven’t been to bed yet, but I’m not tired!”     

As for plans for the windfall, the prize money will go towards college tuition bills, a four-wheeler and a new truck.

“We’ll enjoy it,” he said.  “Reality is clicking in!”

Powerball is a multi-lottery Numbers Game with jackpots that start at $20 million.  The winning numbers from the Oct. 30 drawing were:  1, 7, 27, 36, 49 and 39.

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