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Missouri Lottery winner lost her winning ticket for three weeks

Dec. 17 (UPI) — A Missouri woman said she recognized the winning numbers of a $195,000 jackpot — but she couldn’t find her ticket for three weeks.

Perle Erwin of Waynesville told Missouri Lottery officials she has played four sets of numbers representing family birthdays in the Show Me Cash game for about 30 years, but she decided to try something different for the June 25 drawing.

Erwin bought a ticket with numbers representing the upcoming ages of her grandchildren, and the winning numbers matched her picks.

“The winning numbers looked familiar to me, so I went home to look for my ticket,” Erwin said.

Erwin soon discovered the ticket was missing, and it took some time to find it.

“It took me three weeks to find my ticket,” she said.

The winner brought the recovered ticket to Missouri Lottery headquarters to collect her $180,000 jackpot.

A Missouri woman said she recognized the winning numbers of a $195,000 jackpot — but she couldn’t find her ticket for three weeks.

Missouri Lottery hits largest jackpot since Oct. 2018

Posted: Jan 6, 2021 / 07:56 PM CST / Updated: Jan 6, 2021 / 07:56 PM CST

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – One lucky Missourian has the chance to win $410 million in the Powerball. The winning numbers are for January 6, 2021 are 01 20 22 60 66 03.

This has been the first time since Oct. 2018 we’ve seen Missouri Lottery jackpots this high. The winner of Power Ball will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. MegaMillion numbers will be announced on Friday, Jan. 8 and is worth $490 million.

Despite the pandemic, Community Relations Director for Missouri Lottery, Marty Zuniga, says sales have not taken a hit.

“We’ve been very fortunate. Sales have been very good during the last couple of months during the pandemic,” he said. “Scratcher sales are about 20 percent up from normally are, and we believe that to be people are finding that to be a safe and fun way to have something to do that’s entertaining.”

To date, Missouri happens to be the second luckiest Powerball state in the country in terms of winners.

MegaMillion numbers will be announced on Friday, Jan. 8 and is worth $490 million. ]]>