May 25, 2011
Positive Thinking Propels Real Estate Agent to Powerball Prize
When Nancy Yaeger of Columbia saw that the Powerball jackpot for the May 21 drawing was $120 million, she decided to try her luck. The 39-year-old was thankful she did, because she matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number to win $10,000.
“Whenever it’s over $100 million, I usually buy a few tickets,” Yaeger explained.
After the mother-of-two dropped off her daughter at school on May 23, she stopped at Break Time, 1410 Forum Blvd. in Columbia, and checked her Powerball ticket.
“I knew I didn’t win the big money, because I saw the billboard,” she recalled, noting that she had a feeling that she should check her Quick Pick ticket to see if she won any smaller prizes. While drinking coffee, she found herself saying, “Oh, my gosh!”
In addition to the high jackpot prize, the need for a new vehicle was a motivating factor in her decision to purchase a Powerball ticket.
“I thought that I’m going to try, because there is an SUV that I really want,” she said.
Although, her prize “wasn’t enough to actually buy it,” she does plan to use the windfall buy another vehicle and pay bills.
As for how her daily life might change, the real estate agent said the prize will “make it easier.”
“Being on commission, it’s hard to know when you have a paycheck coming,” she added.
The eternal optimist believes in “positive thinking,” and her husband wasn’t surprised to learn that she won another prize. Yaeger has won several prizes in the past, including a $700 Missouri Lotto prize and a $10,000 prize in an office contest.
“I’m just excited and thankful!” she exclaimed.
The winning numbers from the Powerball drawing on May 21 were: 2, 8, 40, 49 and 50. The Powerball number was 36.
is a multi-lottery Draw Game with jackpots that start at $20 million.