Lisa Weiler had heard rumors that someone in Ste. Genevieve won $200,000 playing Powerball on Nov. 6. The rumor mill also made note of the fact that no one had yet come forward to claim that prize, but it never occurred to Weiler that she was the one holding the winning ticket.
That changed on the evening of Nov. 17 when she casually used the Check-A-Ticket machine at Country Mart, 180 Plaza Dr., in St. Genevieve.
“I had four tickets,” she began. “So I thought, ‘Aw, I’ll just check them.’”
The third ticket she scanned caused her to do a double-take and then a triple-take.
“I kept checking it and asked them if I was doing it right,” she said, recounting her disbelief at winning a $200,000 prize. “It’s still unreal.”
Weiler laughed as she also shared that just two days prior, her fortune cookie from a local Chinese restaurant included a message that read, “All your hard work is going to pay off. Congratulations.”
Her ticket marks the 172nd time a Powerball ticket sold in Missouri has led to a $200,000 prize. Weiler she used her own “random” choices to select the winning numbers.
Powerball is a multi-state game with jackpots starting at $20 million. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m. The estimated jackpot for the next Powerball drawing on Nov. 24 is $64 million.