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February 23, 2011

$2 Quick Pick Provides Wappapello Man with $200,000 in Quick Cash

Story Photo audio icon Jerry McDonald, a former electrician from Wappapello, said he’s had a great time since retiring from the state in 2000, but after claiming a $200,000 Powerball prize, he will “have a better time!”

McDonald bought a $2 Quick Pick ticket at Wappapello Sports Two, 9782 Highway T in Wappapello, and matched five white-ball numbers in the Feb. 16 Powerball drawing.

“I couldn’t believe that it was $200,000,” said McDonald, referring to the moment he scanned his ticket at Wappapello Sports Two. “I double checked it. I told the guy, Leonard, he’s the owner of the store, I told him, ‘There’s something wrong with this machine. It keeps telling me there’s $200,000!’”

Assuming his long-time friend and customer must be reading the Check-A-Ticket
machine wrong, the owner scanned the ticket, too.

“He said, ‘Congratulations! You’re a winner!’” exclaimed McDonald. “I said, ‘I’ll be darned!’”

The father of four said he was “paralyzed” after claiming the prize at a Lottery regional office.

“I don’t know what to think!” he shared.

When asked about plans for the windfall, McDonald announced that he’s “paying off all of my bills!”

Powerball is a multi-Lottery Numbers Game with jackpots that start at $20 million. McDonald’s ticket was the 175th second-level winning Powerball ticket claimed in Missouri.

To view a list of unclaimed Powerball prizes or learn more about any of the Missouri Lottery’s games or promotions, visit Molottery.com.

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