ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The Powerball jackpot is worth an estimated $425 million dollars Wednesday night.
The winning numbers are 5-25-30-58-59 Powerball: 32
After Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing, someone could be $425 million richer.
All day, lottery tickets were flying off store shelves, especially at one convenience store where many hopefuls hoped to cash in on the store’s good karma.
Within the past few months, the Aro-Mart on Harvester Road in St. Peters has had not one but two big winners. One of them was a $2.2 million Powerball payout.
The other sizeable payout was $1 million from a scratch-off ticket. That winner, Chesterfield firefighter Bob Church, has since become a legend at Aro-Mart.
Regular lotto player Andy Ingrande dreams that one day his picture will proudly be displayed next to Church’s. He says, “I hope so, this is the lucky place. Everybody buys their winning tickets here.”
With this $425 million jackpot, the third-largest Powerball jackpot and fourth-largest of any lotto jackpot in history, Aro-Mart cashiers have kept busy.
Store clerk Duane Sleichter explains, “Lines have been all the way back here to the end of the store, you know, we have a lot of people.”
Even if the store’s luck is just wishful thinking, Sleichter isn’t taking chances. He says, “I kinda got a feeling that I don’t know, for some reason this store sells the winners. Me and my buddy went in on some, so maybe you won’t see me in here next time.”
Reginald Manney is a true believer in Aro-Mart’s lottery luck; he plays there almost every day. “The most I’ve ever won was $23,000, tax free, because it was on the pick 3,” he says.
For this pro, playing the lottery is more than just a thrill: “Mainly why I do it is my grandparents did it, and I used to always get them lucky numbers even when I was like 5 or 6 years old.”
He pulls out a photograph of his grandparents that he keeps in his lotto purse. If and when Manney wins big, he hopes his loved ones will be smiling down on him. As for how he’d spend the money? “I wouldn’t do anything stupid with it for sure,” he says.
If someone does claim the $425 million prize, they can receive that sum gradually over 30 years, or opt for a $244.7 million lump sum.