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December 30, 2011

Clerk Gives Regular Customer Million-Dollar News

Story Photo audio icon An Irondale convenience store clerk took the term “great customer service” to another level. According to the 330th Missouri Lottery-made millionaire, Josephine Dundon of Irondale, she had no idea that she had won a $1 million prize from the Powerball drawing on Dec. 21, until a clerk from Irondale Food Mart, 113 S. Oak St. in Irondale, knocked on her door.
           
“One of the clerks at the store came to my house and told me!” recalled Dundon, referring to how she found out that her Quick Pick ticket matched all five white-ball numbers drawn. The prize for matching all five white-ball numbers is $200,000, but Dundon added Power Play to her ticket for an extra $1. That decision proved to be extremely profitable, because the Power Play number was 5 – meaning she multiplied the $200,000 prize by 5 – bringing her a cool $1 million.
           
“They (the store) found out they sold the ticket, and they were trying to figure out who it could be,” said Dundon. “They figured it was maybe two people in town that always buys the Power Play, and I’m one of them. So, she (clerk) came to my house first and said, ‘I think you might have won! Let’s check your ticket.’”
           
The first-time Lottery winner said she and her husband, who have six children, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, planned to tell their entire family about the prize on Christmas.
           
“We won’t have to worry anymore about bills,” revealed Dundon. “We’re going to pay off the house, credit cards and loans, and we’ll be free of debt. It will feel wonderful!”
           
In addition to winning a $1 million prize, the store also received a $10,000 check – equal to 1 percent of the prize – for selling the winning ticket.
           
The winning numbers from the Dec. 21 drawing were:  10, 13, 15, 31 and 54. Dundon claimed the prize with her husband, Herbert Ponath.
           
Starting Jan. 15, Powerball is changing, and even more players will be taking home big prizes. For matching all five white-ball numbers and adding Power Play, players will automatically win $2 million, instead of $1 million. That prize-level change is just one of the many exciting modifications coming soon.

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