2016-04-04 17:02:58.15

Hannibal Man Pockets $50,000 Lottery Win

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George Kells’ good day got a lot better when he discovered his Powerball ticket was worth $50,000 after matching four white-ball numbers and the Powerball from the March 23 drawing. The regular lottery player said this is his biggest win ever. Kells, 51, says it was his wife, Lynn Ann, that actually purchased the ticket for him.

“I wasn’t feeling well, so I asked her to go get my Powerball ticket for me. She didn’t really want to go,” Kells snickered. “She won’t be reluctant next time.”

The Hannibal native bought his ticket from Austin Spiegel, a clerk at Abel’s Quik Shop, 1201 Broadway, in Hannibal. The win paid off for Austin, too.

“I’m a regular at Abel’s, and I always buy my tickets from Austin. I promised him that if I ever won big, I’d give him $1,000,” Kells added. “I’m not sure he believed me, but I’m really going to do it.”

Kells says he will pay some bills and might take a vacation to Nashville with his winnings.

Powerball is a $2 per play multi-state Draw Game that features jackpots starting at $40 million. 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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