2012-09-13 08:25:39.477

Illinois Woman Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

Story Photo audio icon A Godfrey, Ill., woman who works in St. Louis has claimed the $1 million Missouri Lottery prize from the Aug. 4 Powerball drawing. Debra Almonroeder, 57, is a contract employee for the United States government. She bought her winning Quick Pick ticket at Safi Amoco, 1110 Salisbury St. in St. Louis, one morning on her way to work.
Almonroeder didn’t know she was holding the winning ticket until early September. She and her husband, William, heard about the unclaimed prize on the news and went to check the tickets stacked next to the computer. Lo and behold, the winning ticket was there. The winning numbers for Aug. 4 were:  19, 30, 48, 53 and 55.
“We didn’t even think about it,” began Almonroeder. “And then my husband saw on the news this morning that there was a ticket out there, so we went back and checked the old tickets.”
She said they were excited about the win, although William wanted confirmation before getting too excited. There are no plans for retirement yet, but she indicated that it would definitely happen if they “hit the big one.” 
“To have that security blanket, which is kind of nice,” relished Almonroeder. “We’re going to make sure the grandkids are taken care of.”

Almonroeder said she only plays when the jackpot gets big, but she will continue to buy tickets. 
“Just keep buying tickets,” she counseled.
“And checking them. That’s the big thing,” she added with a laugh.
Safi Amoco received a $1,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. 
Powerball is a twice-weekly Draw Game with jackpots that start at $40 million. For an extra $1 at the time of purchase, players can add Power Play to their ticket and increase the amount of non-jackpot prizes. The Match 5 prize with Power Play becomes $2 million.

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