August 19, 2011
Retired Military Member Makes $200,000 in Quick Cash
Charles Mitchell of Florissant was “stunned” when he discovered he was holding a winning ticket worth $200,000 from the Powerball drawing on Aug. 10. The first-time Lottery winner admitted that he even asked a total stranger to look at the prize amount while he was scanning his ticket at Schnucks Market, 13987 New Halls Ferry, in Florissant.
“I didn’t believe it,” recalled Mitchell, referring to the moment he saw the prize amount. “I asked the lady that was standing next to me if she’d mind looking at this thing and telling me if she saw the same thing I was seeing. She said, ‘Yeah, that’s $200,000.’ I didn’t move, and then she said, ‘Aren’t you going to get happy?’”
The weekly Powerball, Mega Millions and Missouri Lotto player added, “This is the first time I’ve ever hit anything over $3!”
As for how he’ll spend the windfall, the 60-year-old father-of-four said he knew exactly how he planned to use the prize money.
“My son is getting ready to start college,” began Mitchell. “I need to get him transportation and a bassoon. He’s a bassoon player, and that thing costs about $7,000. I’ve been trying to figure out how I was going to do that. So, this came right in time.”
Mitchell, who is now retired from the military, noted that the windfall will “help tremendously.”
“I’m sure this is going to end up being one of the best things to ever happen to me in my life,” shared Mitchell.
is a multi-lottery game that features jackpots starting at $20 million. Mitchell’s ticket was the 182nd second-level winning Powerball ticket sold in Missouri. Mitchell used Quick Pick to match five white-ball numbers from the Aug. 10 drawing. The winner numbers were: 11, 18, 36, 41, 46, and the Powerball was 38.