SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO. (KTVI) – The big Powerball jackpot found its winner in Florida, but there is a new millionaire in the St. Louis area as well. Any player landing five numbers without the power ball on a ticket wins a million dollars, and that’s just what happened to Jamie Bone of south St. Louis County. Fox 2’s cameras were rolling when she realized that she had won.
You knew it was going to be a special day at Sam’s Liquor and Convenience store on Kingston Drive. The only question was, for whom?
The store opened at 9am Sunday, with co-owner Andy Patel arriving, having already gotten a call that a million dollar ticket had come from his little slice of south county.
“It’s exciting. Very exciting. It wasn’t me. I checked my tickets,” he said as he unlocked the door.
Once inside the phone began ringing, and Patel kept marveling at what had happened. He was hoping one of his regulars was the winner. He was hoping he would find out who it was. Within fifteen minutes, both wishes were answered.
Jamie Bone lives near the store. She walked in to find Patel behind the counter and a Fox2 crew shooting pictures. She was trembling as she approached the counter.
“Oh my God. No way,” she said to no one in particular as she came to the counter. She believed she had won something, but couldn’t bring herself to believe it.
“It was sold here?” she asked. Upon hearing a , ‘yup,’ for an answer, she said, “Oh my God! I’ve got all the numbers, too.”
She set the ticket down on the counter in front of Patel, who knows Bone and her husband from regular visits. He began to congratulate her, then stopped himself as though he didn’t want to jinx it. Patel walked to the lottery machine and printed out the winning numbers, then set it next to the slightly crumpled ticket belonging to Jamie Bone.
“The bottom row,” she told him, as he began to check the life changing piece of paper.
“10-13-14-22-52-and Powerball 8. Powerball was 11. You did win,” he said, more calmly than most people probably would have.
“What did I win?” Bone asked, still in disbelief.
“You won a million dollars,” he replied.
“Shut. Up,” Bone said with a startled amazement in her voice. “There’s no way! Oh my God! Oh my God. There’s no way! There’s no way!”
Giving her a moment to take it in, we waited before asking the simplest of questions: “What’s going through your mind?”
“My husband just told me not to believe it,” she began, then, looking at the television camera, she added, “and I look like crap. Oh God,” she said surrounded by laughter.
Jamie Bone is a mother of two boys, ages four and five. She’s a real estate agent. Her husband owns an auto glass business in south St. Louis. She now has a new responsibility: Figuring out what they’ll do with a million dollars.
“I have no idea. I don’t know. Buy a new house. That’s for sure. Oh my gosh, I’ve got to call my husband. He’s the one who just told me don’t believe it.”
She placed that call, and her husband still wouldn’t believe her.
“We for real won a million dollars,” she said into the phone. “The news is down here. I swear. I’m not kidding you! I’m not kidding!”
Finally she handed the phone to the television reporter standing to her left, her eyes saying, ‘you convince him.’
“She’s not kidding. My name is George Sells. I work at Fox 2,” I said into the phone. “Your wife just walked in and you guys just won a million bucks.”
The independent confirmation seemed to do the trick, as the phone erupted anew in disbelief.
“Oh my God! Oh my God! Are you serious?” Told that I was dead serious, he went on some more, “Oh my God. Oh my God!”
To say that it was still sinking in is an understatement. There is much to do for this family. You often hear people say they would rush off to quit their job under such circumstances. That was far from the case here. This real estate agent would be leaving the store, not for a shopping spree, but to go home and change for work.
“I’m going to work today. I have an open house today so I’m going to work for sure,” she said. “I’ve gotta do it. Somebody come buy my open house.”
It was at that moment that it dawned on her. She was suddenly in a position to buy it herself.
The other million-dollar winner was sold in Doniphan, MO, southwest of Poplar Bluff.
The winning numbers for the largest multistate Powerball jackpot were 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and the Powerball number was 11. The winning ticket was sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Florida.
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Saturday’s jackpot was a record $590.5 million, the largest in Powerball history. The previous record was a $587.6 million jackpot split by winners in Arizona and Missouri in November 2012.
The jackpot has a cash value of $376.9 million.
The largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was $656 million in the Mega Millions game in March 2012. That was split by three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.
Powerball is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A single ticket costs $2, and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510.
More information: Powerball Website