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February 9, 2012

Raytown Woman Wins Missouri's First $1 Million Match 5 Powerball Prize

Story Photo video icon audio icon Thanks to Powerball’s new prize structure, a Raytown woman is now $1 million richer. Roberta Sinclair used Quick Pick to match all five white-ball numbers drawn on Jan. 28, making her Missouri’s first $1 million winner since Powerball changed in mid-January. Prior to Jan. 15, Powerball players who matched all five white-ball numbers won $200,000.
           
At the Lottery’s regional office in Independence, Sinclair said she “couldn’t believe it” when she checked the winning combination from her home computer the day of the drawing.
           
With a laugh, the retired General Motors employee noted that after she read the numbers online, she thought to herself that she “better go over this again.”           
           
“I sat there and took it all in,” Sinclair recalled, referring to the moment she realized she had become a millionaire.
           
The mother-of-three and grandmother-of-six declared that the prize wouldn’t cause her to do anything “out of the ordinary,” but it would make her plans easier. As for how she’ll spend the windfall, she added that, “it’s about time for me to trade cars,” so now she’ll do that sooner. In addition, she had been considering visiting family in Arizona, so she intends to firm up travel arrangements. 
           
Sinclair purchased her Powerball ticket at Apple Market, 11501 E. 63rd St., in Raytown. The store received a $1,000 bonus for selling the winning Powerball ticket from the drawing on Jan. 28.
           
Powerball is a multi-state game that gives players nine ways to win cash prizes with the jackpot starting at $40 million. In addition to the jackpot, the game offers second-level prizes of $1 million, third-level prizes of $10,000 and better-than-ever payouts by using Power Play. Sinclair is the 331st Missouri Lottery-made millionaire.

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