July 26, 2011
St. Louis Man Makes Plans with $10,000 Powerball Prize
George Tow of St. Louis has his wife of 23 years to thank for prompting him to purchase Powerball tickets from the July 13 drawing. The 49-year-old first-time Lottery winner said he doesn’t play every week, but his wife, Virginia, “kept thinking of numbers.”
The couple decided to stop at 7-Eleven, 260 Hoffmeister Ave. in Lemay, to try their luck.
“She picked out half the numbers, and I picked out a couple,” Tow explained. “The rest we got in Quick Pick. Believe it or not, the Quick Pick (won).”
Tow found out he matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number from the July 13 drawing when he checked his tickets at the same 7-Eleven.
Over laughter, he said that he “couldn’t believe it.”
“I had to check my numbers about five or six times,” he shared.
When he returned home to share the news with his wife, he joked that “she didn’t believe me.”
“I kept telling her that we did win!” he exclaimed. “I finally showed her the ticket and the printout of the winning numbers. She was shocked.”
The couple plan to “pay down a few bills and play a little bit.”
Tow summed up the Lottery-winning experience by adding that he’s “just ecstatic that we won!”
Powerball is a multi-lottery game with jackpots starting at $20 million. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m.