Lightning Strike Leads to $50,000 Powerball Win

Jul. 14, 2023

A $50,000 Powerball winner in St. Clair is thanking Mother Nature after a summer storm convinced her to pull off the road at just the right time.

“There were two lightning bolts that both hit at the same time right next to me,” the winner recalled. “I told my husband, ‘I don’t want to drive into that storm.’”

That’s when she pulled into On the Run, 1445 N. Main in St. Clair, and bought a Powerball ticket for the July 1 drawing while they waited for the storm to pass.

The next morning, she checked the winning numbers and couldn’t believe her luck.

Her ticket matched four of the five white-ball numbers, plus the Powerball, to win a $50,000 prize. The winning numbers drawn July 1 were: 4, 17, 35, 49 and 61, with a Powerball of 8.

“I almost didn’t stop!” she exclaimed. “I can’t believe this. It is exciting.”

She shared plans to spend the winnings on her many grandchildren.

Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is, which is estimated at $875 million, is the sixth highest Powerball jackpot ever offered. If the jackpot is hit, the “Jackpot Reset” promotion will be activated – giving players who buy three Powerball plays on a single ticket a free $2 Powerball ticket.

Players who purchased tickets in Franklin County in FY22 won more than $21.6 million in total Missouri Lottery prizes. Retailers in the county received more than $2.1 million in commissions and bonuses in FY22, and education programs received more than $4.5 million in appropriated Lottery proceeds.