JEFFERSON CITY, MO -

A Mansfield man cashed in for almost a quarter million dollar Missouri Lottery jackpot. Robert Power matched all five Show Me Cash numbers drawn on Feb. 19 to claim a third of the $735,000 jackpot prize, or $245,000 before taxes. Power of Mansfield purchased his Quick Pick ticket at a Casey’s General Store in Mansfield.

“I only play a few times a month, maybe, if the jackpots are high,” the 70-year-old retired farmer said. “It was funny. I was at home about to go to bed the other night when I remembered I needed to check my ticket. I was out the door faster than I don’t know what!”

Power switched gears rapidly and traveled back to the store to confirm his win.
“They (clerks) said to go to a Lottery office, because they couldn’t pay me at the store,” he recalled, adding that he figured he must’ve won “something big.”
Power said the prize will make life "a lot easier".

“I’m going to get out of debt and stay there,” he declared.

Power’s decision paid off, because he matched the winning numbers on the Quick Pick ticket. “I’m thankful,” he concluded, noting that the windfall will enable him to “live again” without worrying so much about bills. Winning tickets were also sold in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Show Me Cash, a daily Draw Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins, started in 2008. In the past 12 months, 57 jackpot prizes have been awarded, with the average jackpot size of more than $160,000.