Someone in the area may be rich: Powerball jackpot ticket sold at Marshall location (UPDATE: 11:05 a.m. April 22)

Thursday, April 22, 2010 ~ Updated 11:06 AM

Update 11:05 a.m.: Missourinet reports that Chris Shaw is the winner of the Powerball jackpot.

Update 11:01 a.m.: An employee of a central Missouri convenience store may be the winner of the biggest lottery jackpot in state history, according to The Associated Press.

The Lottery hasn't confirmed the identity of the winner of Wednesday's drawing, and a Lottery spokeswoman said it could take up to a day to verify the ticket.

But the general manager of the Break Time convenience store chain in Marshall -- where the winning $258.5 million ticket was sold -- was doing a phone interview with The Associated Press Thursday when an employee came in and said he had the winning ticket.

Jackie Maxwell said the man is in his 20s and had worked at the store for only a couple of months.

Maxwell says lottery officials, who were at the store, checked the employee's ticket and left the store with him.

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, according to a news release from the state lottery office.

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

"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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  • How cool is that! I hope it was someone from Marshall who won.

    -- Posted by theobserver on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 10:16 AM
  • The word on the street is that it is an employee of Break Time. I hope it is...and I hope its someone that really needed the money badly! Congrats!

    -- Posted by ALM on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 10:17 AM
  • I bet all his/her "friends and relatives" will be coming out of the wood-work-- hey I think I am your long lost cousin-- LOL ha ha ha

    -- Posted by workingmom on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 10:27 AM
  • This should give Marshall 15 minutes of fame.

    "Gratz" to the new multi-millionaire.


    -- Posted by EiEiO on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 10:38 AM
  • Oh so cool!!! My palm is itching...hope it's one of my family members!!!

    -- Posted by RedAngel on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 10:50 AM
  • Chris Shaw (not sure of spelling). 25 year old kid who will get a great start on the rest of his life!

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 10:52 AM
  • Either a great start or the beginning of the end.

    -- Posted by amenforthat on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 10:56 AM
  • -- Posted by thebirdman on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 11:01 AM
  • Wow!!! Congrats to the winner! Hopefully they use it wisely and don't have crazies coming out of the woodwork asking for money!

    -- Posted by MG2008 on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 12:34 PM
  • I hope he heeds the advice and gets a good financial adviser (and a security system). It wouldn't be a bad idea to disconnect his phone as well.

    -- Posted by oneofmany on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 12:45 PM
  • Truly can't imagine how your life would change with an amount of money such as this. This young man has a lot to think about.

    -- Posted by writerintraining on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 1:35 PM
  • It kinda seems insane for one person to have that much money with so many people in the world going without. I too hope that this guy will pay it forward, and realize how fortunate he is and help others in need somehow. Good luck, more of it that it, cuz it seems you've had plenty! : )

    -- Posted by karma is real on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 2:53 PM
  • Congratulations on your recent good fortune!! May it bring you wonderful blessings!!

    -- Posted by Proudsportsmom on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 3:20 PM
  • I certainly hope the leeches of the world don't expect this young man to give them money for whatever lame reason they have. I hope he lives Marshall before anyone can take advantage of him. He will help those who HE knows needs the help, not some person sitting around wanting a hand out. Hopefully he has a family who will guide him in the right way and he won't be seen on some tv show in a couple of years flat broke. Make your decisions wisely Mr. Shaw, you are a fortunate young man with a world of possibilities ahead of you.

    -- Posted by MADDmother on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 4:09 PM
  • I don't know what I would do in the same situation, however, telling the world in the first 12 hours is not at the top of my list!!

    Congrats on the sudden fortune, I hope you put it to good use. My a financial planner....SOON.

    -- Posted by patron on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 4:11 PM
  • I want a DNA test, I think you are my father??

    -- Posted by Gumby on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 5:09 PM
  • Congrats Chris!!! Spend wisely

    -- Posted by Racing_mod on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 6:30 PM
  • hire a proven financial advisor and invest and be smart......

    -- Posted by mrxray on Sat, Apr 24, 2010, at 1:31 AM
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