A Lake St. Louis man is the ninth player in Missouri to win a $1 million Match 5 Powerball prize. Gary Mellon, 46, bought his winning Quick Pick ticket at QuikTrip, 5905 Highway 94 South, in Weldon Spring. He said he didn’t remember buying the ticket, but he definitely remembers finding out he won a $1 million prize.
“I stopped to get a soda on the way to work,” recalled Mellon, who is an estimator for an asphalt company. “I reached in my wallet and thought, ‘Oh, I better check that.’ It was quite a surprise. I scanned it, and then I let the girl behind the counter scan it, because I just didn’t believe it.”
Mellon joked that the most he’s ever won before is $4. He remembered making a scene at QuikTrip over his “big win.” He didn’t kid around this time.
“I stood there in absolute shock. I couldn’t get a word out,” he said.His first call was to his wife, Betsy.
“She didn’t believe me,” he said. “My son said I’ve always joked when I buy a Lottery ticket that dad is retiring on Monday. Well, the Monday retirement never came. Not that I’ll retire now.”
Mellon added that he would “pay some bills off and keep getting up and going to work just like we always do.”
“Invest wisely and retire well, I guess,” he suggested.
Powerball is a multi-Lottery Draw Game with jackpots that start at $40 million. Drawings are held on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Mellon won the $1 million second-place prize for matching all five white-ball numbers. The winning numbers for the Sept. 12 drawing were: 24, 33, 36, 48 and 56.