Military Justice: Retiree Wins $200,000 Playing Powerball in Missouri


Charles Mitchell of Florissant, Missouri, was stunned when he discovered he was holding a winning ticket worth $200,000 from the Powerball drawing on Aug. 10.

The first-time Lottery winner admitted that he even asked a total stranger to look at the prize amount while he was scanning his ticket in Florissant.

I didn’t believe it, recalled Mitchell, referring to the moment he saw the prize amount. I asked the lady that was standing next to me if she’d mind looking at this thing and telling me if she saw the same thing I was seeing. She said, “Yeah, that’s $200,000.’ I didn’t move, and then she said, “Aren’t you going to get happy?’

The weekly Powerball, Mega Millions and Missouri Lotto player added, This is the first time I’ve ever hit anything over $3!

As for how he’ll spend the windfall, the 60-year-old father-of-four said he knew exactly how he planned to use the prize money.

My son is getting ready to start college, began Mitchell. I need to get him transportation and a bassoon. He’s a bassoon player, and that thing costs about $7,000. I’ve been trying to figure out how I was going to do that. So, this came right in time.

Mitchell, who is now retired from the military, noted that the windfall will help tremendously.

I’m sure this is going to end up being one of the best things to ever happen to me in my life, shared Mitchell.


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