Busy Check-Out Lane Leads to $1 Million Powerball Win
A series of fortuitous events led an Ozark man to a $1 million prize while shopping the aisles of Price Cutter, 400 N. Massey Blvd., in Nixa. For George McCombs, a simple dinner invitation spurred a quick detour to the grocery store, which ultimately led to the Missouri Lottery’s office in Springfield after matching all five white-ball numbers drawn in the Aug. 19 Powerball drawing.
“We were going to have dinner with some friends at their house, and we needed something from the store,” he explained. “I went to pick it up, and all the cash lanes were full, so I went to customer service. That’s where I saw what the total (jackpot) was, so I just said, ‘Give me a Powerball, too.’ It was just an on-a-whim Quick Pick.
“Oh, and here’s one more thing,” he added, summing up the stars that aligned for him that day. “I’d gone to another store before that, and they were out of what I was trying to get, so that’s why I went to the Price Cutter.”
McCombs’ plans for his winnings include paying off some debt, getting a new vehicle and visiting his son in Australia.
“But most of it will be put back for our future,” he said.
The winning Powerball numbers for Aug. 19 were: 17, 19, 39, 43 and 68, and the Powerball number was 13. Another Missouri Lottery player also matched the five white-ball numbers drawn that night to win $1 million. That ticket was sold at Temp Stop, 26650 Colbern Road in Lee’s Summit, but the winner has yet to come forward.
McCombs is the 45th Missouri Powerball player to win the $1 million “Match 5” prize since January 2012.
Powerball is a multi-Lottery Draw Game played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The jackpot was most recently hit in Massachusetts, where a player won $758.7 million on Aug. 23. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is estimated at $83 million, with a cash option of $52.8 million.