For the fourth time since January, a Missouri Lottery player has won $1 million by matching all five white-ball numbers drawn in a Powerball drawing. The latest $1 million ticket was sold at Hy-Vee Gas, 502 N. Baltimore St. in Kirksville, for the March 28 drawing.
??To those in the Kirksville area, now??s the time to pull out those tickets, if you played Powerball at this Hy-Vee station,?? said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. ??You can check your tickets against our website or winning numbers hotlines, or you can take them to any Lottery retailer and scan them on the Check-A-Ticket device.??
One of the store managers at Hy-Vee said he was ecstatic when he heard that the winning ticket was sold at his store.
"We've had some winners in the past," said Brian Manyx.
"I believe the largest winner we've had is $25,000. We did have a couple of those but it's been many years ago. So this is a pretty earth shattering win...to have someone from the KV area, that's going to win, have it happen at our store, it's just a very exciting time for the Hy-Vee in Kirksville and all of our employees. Congratulations to the winner and hopefully they come forward soon."
The winning white-ball numbers for March 28 were: 11, 16, 29, 50 and 58. Powerball winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. In this case, that would be Sept. 24. Missouri Lottery players are also urged to immediately sign the back of all tickets until they can redeem them at one of the Lottery??s four offices in Jefferson City, St. Louis, Springfield and Kansas City.
Representatives for Missouri Lottery said Hy-Vee will get $1,000 as an incentive for the selling the winning ticket.
Prior to Jan. 15, Powerball players who matched all five white-ball numbers won $200,000, but game enhancements have elevated that prize to $1 million. More information about Powerball payouts and game features can be found at the Missouri Lottery website .
On the other hand, the Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $540 million dollars, the largest jackpot in American history. Andy Akers, one of the sales representatives for Missouri Lottery, said Hy-Vee has sold more than six times the amount they normally sell in a week in just the last four days alone.
"Anytime there's a large jackpot, the ticket sales do go up and more groups of people go in and they buy tickets together to improve their chances," said Manyx.
According to Akers, statewide, sales of Mega Millions Lottery tickets are at $3mill, six times the weekly average...that's just a culmination of sales in the past three days. Akers said the average sales per week of Mega Millions lottery tickets in 2012 is $595,000 across the state. The drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot is Friday, Mar. 30.