After a nearly 10-year break, Caroline Lamons-Trowbridge returned to Missouri Lottery headquarters to reclaim her title as “luckiest person in the family,” according to her husband, Fred. The 65-year-old collected two Lottery prizes in July of 2003 – a $50,000 taxes-paid prize on a game called SHOW ME 5 Paydown that has since been replaced by Show Me Cash, and a $3,000 Pick 4 prize. She proved that she’s not finished winning yet by claiming a $40,000 Powerball prize from the drawing on June 5.
She purchased the winning Quick Pick ticket at C & R Supermarket, 640 Commons Drive, in Fulton. The winning numbers were: 4, 26, 33, 36, 55, and the Powerball was 32. She matched all four white-ball numbers and the Powerball, which is worth $10,000. However, since she paid an extra $1 to add Power Play, her prize was bumped up to the fixed amount of $40,000 for the same feat.
“I always get the Power Play, because I figure that if I at least get the Powerball number, I can get some of my money back,” she revealed.
Although she knew she won something, she wasn’t certain of the amount until she claimed her prize.
Lamons-Trowbridge added that she’s also won a handful of $250 prizes in the past.
As for plans for her most recent windfall, she intends to put some money in the bank and purchase another vehicle.
Fred teased that he’s happy for his wife, but he’s not quite as excited as her, because he knows she’ll be the one getting the new car, while he keeps their current fixer-upper.
“I’m just so excited,” she beamed. “That’s what I said the last time!”
Powerball, a $2 game with jackpots starting at $40 million that grow until someone wins, is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.