Lottery Player Unknowingly Holds $1 Million Powerball Ticket for Three Months

Apr. 26, 2023

A Missouri Lottery player won a $1 million prize in the Jan. 2 Powerball drawing, but it would take three months for him to realize he’d matched all five white-ball numbers drawn that night.

 “I have an alarm set for me to check my tickets every three months,” the winner explained. “So I didn’t know for a while.”

 He had purchased the ticket at On the Run, 9401 Manchester Road, in Rock Hill. When his alarm went off, he went to check his ticket.

 “I looked at it, and I’d won $1 million!” he said.

When he told his wife, she had a hard time believing him.

 “I told my wife, and she thought it was a joke” he shared.

He plans to put the majority of the money into his retirement and do some projects around the house.

The winning numbers for the Jan. 2 drawing were 7, 9, 12, 31 and 62 with a Powerball number of 22. The ticket was claimed at Missouri Lottery headquarters on March 29.

Powerball is a $2 per play multi-state Draw Game with drawings held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:59 p.m. All current and past winning numbers can be found at

In FY22, players in St. Louis County won more than $205.1 million in Missouri Lottery prizes, retailers received more than $19.5 million in commissions and bonuses, and more than $39 million in Lottery proceeds went to education programs in the county.