Gordon Hastings bought 10 Powerball tickets on July 3 to celebrate his birthday, but it would take more than a week to realize the full value of his birthday treat. For while the rest of Doniphan seemed to know that a Powerball ticket worth $200,000 had been sold in town for the July 6 drawing, Hastings and his wife, Rebecca, took a vacation visiting family, unknowingly carrying around the winning ticket in his wallet the whole time.
“It took a pretty good little ride,” he laughed.
Back in Doniphan, Hastings was at a grocery store with his young grandson when he decided to check the ticket. Not quite believing that he had matched all five white-ball numbers to win $200,000, he scanned it again and decided to get a printout of the winning numbers.
“I said, ‘Bubby, I think we need to check out and go,’” he shared.
Hastings went home and told his wife that she’d never guess what he had just checked.
“I thought he had checked our bank account and it wasn’t what it was supposed to be or something,” Rebecca said, adding that even after he filled her in, it was hard to take it all in. “I said to myself, ‘OK, keep it together.’”
“I walked around saying, ‘Wow,’ for three days,” her husband offered. “My family comes first, and if I have any left over, I’ll play Powerball. And I always told her if I won, I’d get her a house.”
Hastings purchased his Quick Pick winning ticket at 24/7 Mini Mart, 333 Leroux St., in Doniphan. It was the 180th time a Powerball ticket sold in Missouri has led to a $200,000 prize. The winning numbers from July 6 were: 11, 15, 24, 50 and 55.
Powerball is a multi-state game with jackpots starting at $20 million. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m.