2002-02-01 11:04:39.493


For nearly four months, a Fenton woman has been carrying around a Powerball ticket worth $100,000 in her wallet. Judith Josar, 32, said the same day she bought her ticket for the Oct. 6, 2001, drawing, she left for Florida to visit a sister who had just had a baby. After buying the ticket, she put it in her wallet. It wasn’t until she was paying bills last week that she found the ticket in her wallet and discovered its value.
"I just got so busy that I didn’t think about (checking the ticket)," she told Lottery officials when she claimed the prize on Jan. 28.
Josar plans to use the windfall to buy a house and pay some bills. A manager for Dierbergs, Josar said she purchased her winning ticket at Mobil on the Run, 1000 Bowles Ave. in Fenton. She used numbers from family birthdays to come up with her winning combination. Those numbers were: 1, 5, 9, 21 and 31.
To date, 577 Powerball tickets sold in Missouri have matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $100,000 prize.

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