2011-05-10 16:23:37.717

St. Louis Man Misses Jackpot, But Thrilled With $10,000 Win

Story Photo audio icon A real estate agent from St. Louis narrowly missed winning the April 30 Powerball jackpot, but he was still thrilled about winning a $10,000 prize. Michael Favuzza, 42, purchased one Quick Pick ticket from Jefferson Motomart, 3751 S. Jefferson Ave., in St. Louis. When he checked that ticket later in the week, he was shocked when the clerk told him it was a $10,000 winner.
“What? $10,000? Are you kidding me?” Favuzza exclaimed. “I didn’t have my glasses on, and the people behind me said, ‘It says it right on the screen.’ I told her to count the digits. I told her, ‘Is that a six- or seven-digit number in there?’”
Favuzza’s ticket matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number to qualify for the $10,000 prize. The winning Powerball numbers for the April 30 drawing were:  6, 13, 15, 32, 41 and the Powerball number was 3. Favuzza’s ticket included a nine instead of the winning number of six, or he would have won the $25 million jackpot.
“I always say the glass is half full instead of half empty,” explained Favuzza with regard to missing the jackpot. He added that if he had won, “You and I would be having this conversation on a plane to the Bahamas.”
After hearing that he was a winner, Favuzza blurted out that he was expecting his 11th grandchild this year, which drew a cheer from the store patrons. He didn’t stick around long, however.
“Just like Willy Wonka, I found a golden ticket, and I ran straight home with it,” he joked.
As he left the parking lot, he did share his plans with the people at the store’s gas pumps.
“Looks like I’m buying a new truck!” shouted Favuzza.
He later added, “I have a 1990 Chevy truck that’s pretty much a struggle buggy. It’s got 308,000 miles on it. I’m going to buy something newer, so I can wax it and show houses.”
This is the first big win for Favuzza, who said previous winnings include $4 and a couple of church dinners. Asked if this was better, he joked, “I don’t know. They’re pretty good dinners.”  He said he would continue to play the Lottery, even though he only plays $1 on Powerball and Mega Millions twice a week.
“It only takes one ticket to win,” he said, adding, “If you don’t play, you can’t win.”
Powerball is a multi-lottery Draw Game with jackpots that start at $20 million. For an extra $1 at the time of purchase, players can add the Power Play option to their ticket and multiply any non-jackpot prize by the Power Play number selected during the drawing.

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