In the “spur of the moment,” John Poole happened to look at the jackpot sign while checking out at Casey’s General Store, 728 W. Highway 60 in Monett, on Aug. 14. He noticed the Powerball jackpot had been hit and was reset to $40 million for the next night’s drawing.
“I’m not a consistent player. And I thought, ‘I could use $40 million,’” laughed the Monett resident. “I bought a cold drink, or something like that, and three Powerball tickets. I never win anything.”
All three Powerball plays were printed on the same ticket. He then folded it up, put it in his pocket and didn’t think about it until that Thursday morning at work.
“I pulled it out, and the first thing I looked at was the Powerball. I thought, ‘Oh, cool! I got the Powerball.’ And then, I started reading left to right and thought, ‘Holy cow! There is 12. There is 47. There is 48. Wow! There is one number, two numbers, three numbers, four numbers,’” recalled Poole.
He knew he had won something, but he had to wait until his lunch break to learn he had won $50,000. He swore to himself he wouldn’t tell a soul.
“I begrudgingly broke down and told my wife,” Poole joked, as his wife let out a “Hey!” and laughter in the background. “It definitely improves our situation. We will be able to use it to pay off bills that would have taken us years to pay off and put some back. It’s still life changing and significant.”
Poole’s Powerball ticket matched four-white ball numbers and the Powerball to win $50,000. The winning numbers for the Aug. 15 drawing were: 12, 15, 28, 47, 48 and the Powerball was 16.