2016-09-19 13:46:07.253

$50,000 Prize Claimed Days Before Expiration

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Feeling little rush to claim a $50,000 Missouri Lottery Powerball prize, a Wentzville resident claimed his prize just eight days before it was set to expire. Chris McGilvray, 53, won his $50,000 prize by using Quick Pick to match four white-balls and the Powerball – 11, 23, 43, 54 and 60 with a Powerball of 3 – in the March 19 drawing. The ticket was set to expire Sept. 15.

“There honestly wasn’t a big hurry,” said McGilvray, while claiming his prize at Lottery Headquarters with his wife, Karen, on Sept. 7. “I knew the money was going to be there. There were more important things to take care of at home.”

McGilvray continued, saying that he signed the back of the ticket and kept it in a safe space until he was ready to claim. Even if he matched the fifth white-ball to win the Powerball jackpot, which was $80 million at the time, McGilvray said he still would have waited to claim the elusive jackpot.

McGilvray, who purchased his ticket from QuikTrip, 391 N. Main in St. Peters, said that although enjoys playing all Missouri Lottery Draw Games when he can, he plays within his means.

“I figure that if I have a few extra dollars, why not try my luck. You can’t win if you don’t play. I don’t go overboard with it, though,” said McGilvray. “I was lucky enough to win a $9,250 Pick 4 prize last year, and now a $50,000 prize. Maybe these two prizes are stepping stones to a bigger prize.”

McGilvray and his wife plan to save the $50,000 prize as a nest egg until it is needed.

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. All winning Draw Games tickets must be claimed within 180 days from the drawing date. Research all current and past winning numbers here at MOLottery.com.  

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