When Kyle Jackson of Leavenworth, Kan., noticed that the Powerball jackpot was growing bigger and bigger, he decided to purchase some tickets to try to get a piece of the action. He may have missed out on the $1.5 billion jackpot, but he did manage to win a $50,000 prize.
A supervisor at a manufacturing plant, Jackson is good friends with coworkers who live in Dearborn. Remembering that a 2012 Missouri Lottery Powerball ticket worth $293.7 million had been purchased at Trex Mart, 17605 Highway Z in Dearborn, Jackson asked his coworkers if they would mind purchasing some Powerball Quick Pick tickets from the retail location for him.
"I gave her $10, she bought five Powerballs on one ticket and brought it to me," began Jackson, while claiming his $50,000 prize.
On Jan. 14, Jackson woke up to check the winning numbers, and, to his disbelief, the 47-year-old saw that he had matched the Powerball and four white balls on one of his plays.
"At that time, I knew I had won something, but I didn't know the amount. I went and woke my wife up and told her. She got on her phone, and we realized it was a $50,000 winner."
Jackson then shared the news with his coworkers.
"They said, 'Good for you!' They were pretty excited. Not only are they coworkers, but they're close friends of mine," continued the winner.
While claiming his prize, Jackson and his wife, Melissa, disclosed that they were looking forward to paying off debt with the $50,000 win, adding that some of the prize will likely be devoted to an upcoming birthday celebration for Jackson and friends.
"This may help it be a little bit bigger of a party," Jackson concluded.
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