February 7, 2002
ROUTINE BRINGS $100,000 PRIZE TO ST. LOUIS WOMAN
Stopping in QuikTrip for a cappuccino and a lottery ticket each day turned out to be a prosperous habit for a St. Louis (63137*) woman. Brenda Hunt, 52, said each day she goes into the QuikTrip, located at 10845 Lilac Drive in St. Louis, for a beverage and one Lottery ticket. On Jan. 9, the Powerball ticket she bought using Quick Pick matched all five white-ball numbers drawn -- 7, 39, 40, 42 and 43 --to win $100,000.
Hunt didn’t realize she won the second-level prize until her friend visited the Lottery’s Web site and noticed a ticket bought at that location was unclaimed.
"I thought she was teasing me," Hunt said.
Hunt checked approximately 15 tickets she left sitting on her microwave and discovered one of them was the $100,000 winner.
"I slept with the ticket under my pillow that night," she said. "The next day, we put it in our safe deposit box."
Hunt and her husband, Kenneth, plan to use the windfall to help pay their son’s college tuition. They will also use the money to pay off some bills so Kenneth can retired from his job at United Parcel Service.
To date, 578 Powerball tickets sold in Missouri have matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the $100,000 prize.
* winner’s zip code to help media determine coverage area