Paul Becker of Springfield is using a $10,000 Powerball prize to make sure his “whole family has a great Christmas.” The 29-year-old father-of-two is one of eight Missouri players who matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball on Nov. 28.
The business manager at Big Lot Reliable Chevrolet said he rarely buys Powerball tickets, but the historic $587.5 million jackpot enticed him to make a purchase.
“I called my boss, because I didn’t know what it meant,” Becker explained, noting that he bought a Quick Pick ticket at Kum and Go, 510 W. Republic Road in Springfield, around the same time as his boss.
After reading the numbers over the phone, Becker “got really excited.”
“I was thinking I won $1 million for a second,” he shared. “Then, we looked at it closer and saw it was $10,000.”
Despite feeling “amazing” after winning, Becker joked that he had mixed emotions at one point.
“Thinking you won $1 million and then all of a sudden it becomes $10,000… It’s almost a disappointment. Then you realize, ‘Wait a minute – that’s still $10,000!’”
The Nov. 28 Powerball jackpot of $587.5 million was the largest Powerball jackpot ever and Missouri’s largest prize. Cindy and Mark Hill of Dearborn collected half of the advertised prize, or $293.7 million. A player from Arizona won the other half of the jackpot.
Powerball, a multi-lottery game with jackpots starting at $40 million, offers players nine ways to win cash prizes.