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2015-02-13 15:19:00.933

Great-Grandmother Becomes Newest Lottery-Made Millionaire

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A record-setting Powerball jackpot gained the attention of many Lottery players across the nation, including Synetta Wright of St. Louis, who has claimed the $1 million prize from the Feb. 7 drawing. Wright purchased her winning Powerball ticket from Reem Gas Mart, 4901 Southwest Ave., in St. Louis, and used Quick Pick to correctly match all five white balls draw. The winning numbers from the Feb. 7 drawing were:  5, 10, 21, 34 and 58 with a Powerball number of 33 and a Power Play number of 5.

Wright, 55, did not realize that she had won the $1 million windfall until a few days after the drawing.

“I actually found out this morning,” said Wright while claiming her prize on Feb. 10. “I was on my treadmill watching the news, and they said the ticket was sold at the gas station I was at. When I got off my treadmill and looked at my ticket, it was the same numbers in the same exact order,” recalled the excited great-grandmother.

Insanity ensued as Wright, who was at home, realized she had instantly become a millionaire.

“I screamed for my son who was in the basement, ‘I’m a millionaire!’ Nobody in the family believed me.”

Wright, who works for the city of St. Louis, said that she normally participates in a Lottery pool at her office, but decided to purchase her own ticket on a whim. 

“They’re really happy for me. They might be a little jealous,” said Wright, adding that she needed to get her money into the work pool in time for the next drawing.

The mother of three, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of two admitted that she has always dreamed about what she would do if she ever won the Lottery, but the plans never focused on her.

“I’m going to give my church some money, I’m going to take care of my children, my mother and my grandmother,” disclosed the humbled winner. “I haven’t even thought about what I would get myself. I’ve always thought about what I would do for my family. Probably down the road I might get myself a new car.”

Powerball is a $2 per play multi-state Draw Game that features jackpots starting at $40 million. Wright’s $1 million win makes her the 416th Lottery-made millionaire since 1986, when Lottery sales began. Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. Research all current and past winning numbers at MOLottery.com.

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