Missouri Lottery Madness: Break Time Gas Station Employee Chris Shaw is $258.5 Million Powerball Winner

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Update: It turns out that an employee of Break Time -- Chris Shaw -- is the Powerball winner.

He tells Missourinet.com:

"I just knew it was big. I sold tickets all day yesterday. When I worked yesterday, I sold tickets all day, and then at the end of my shift I went ahead and bought a ticket and I bought my girlfriend a ticket. Then this morning she called me and told me that this store had sold it, we had sold it, and I thought no way, you know," Shaw said.

The story goes on to say:

Shaw mentioned he had just purchased a truck from a friend Wednesday night (he didn't find out that he won until Thursday morning). He was going to pay $100 a month for the truck. When asked if he'd buy a different truck now, it was clear the reality of his win hadn't sunk in yet.

"I don't know. I don't know I'll probably at least fix the motor in it you know what I mean? But I don't know if I'll buy, I don't know. Right now it's still a shock and awe, I can't even imagine that," Shaw said.

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A gas station attendant in Marshall, Missouri has sold a Powerball ticket now worth $258.5 million, after the numbers were picked during Wednesday night's drawing for the multi-state mega lottery.

The Break Time location is at 1000 West College Street in Marshall, a town located between Kansas City and Columbia. Daily RFT called the gas station this morning, but after a few audible sighs on the other end of the line, it was evident the business has been inundated with media calls. (The hang-up hammered that sentiment home.) One would guess the management would be in good spirits, as the business is due to receive $50,000 from Powerball for selling the winning ticket.
The identity of the winner has not been revealed just yet, it's also unclear if the winner knows he or she is the winner. Last night's Missouri winner represents the single largest winning ticket ever sold in Missouri.

Here's a press release from the Missouri Lottery, issued this morning:

A Powerball ticket sold in Marshall matched all six Powerball numbers drawn last night to win the $258.5 million jackpot, the largest jackpot prize ever won in Missouri and the 10th largest Powerball jackpot awarded nationwide.  That ticket was sold at Break Time, 1000 W. College in Marshall.  The winning numbers are:  11, 34, 41, 49, 55 and the Powerball number was 20.

"If you buy Powerball tickets at this location, please find them and check them closely," said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery.  "If you discover you're holding the winning ticket, make sure you sign the back and put it in a safe place until you can take it to a Missouri Lottery office.  You may also want to get some legal and financial advice before you claim."

Missouri Lottery offices are located in Jefferson City, Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield.  Maps to each office can be found on the "Contact Us" page of the Lottery's Web site at Molottery.com.

"Of the 44 Powerball member lotteries, Missouri is still ranked second in terms of the number of jackpot winners with this win making 26," said Reardon.  "We've awarded more than $1.5 billion in Powerball jackpots alone since Powerball began in 1992."

The Missouri winner has 180 days to claim this prize, which would be Oct. 18.  The winner can select to get the jackpot prize in 30 payments over 29 years (annuity) or in one lump-sum payment worth $124,875,122 before taxes.  If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid in 30 payments.

Break Time will also receive a bonus check for $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

 "The jackpot winner and Break Time are not the only ones to benefit from this record jackpot," said Reardon.  "Public education benefits, too.  Missouri Powerball sales for this jackpot run, which started March 14, were more than $8.5 million and more than $3.4 million of those sales will benefit public education."

In addition to the jackpot winner from last night's drawing, Missouri players won $244,442 in other prizes ranging from $3 to $10,000.

 "If you missed out on buying a ticket for this jackpot, you're still in luck," said Reardon.  "The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night's drawing is estimated at $166 million."

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