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St. Charles Woman Gets Big Surprise From Powerball

She thought she won $100. She actually won $1 million

November 14, 2018 - 1:52 pm

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Nicole Argent of St. Charles checked her Powerball ticket against the winning numbers and thought she won $100. It turned out she was a few zeroes off.

When Argent went to a local convenience store to cash in, workers turned the computer screen around to show her she didn't win $100 — she won $1 million.

Argent went to a U-Gas store in St. Louis County on Oct. 19 to buy a Mega Millions ticket, but arrived three minutes after the 8:59 p.m. cutoff. She settled for a couple of Powerball tickets for the Oct. 20 drawing.

She initially thought one of the tickets matched four white-ball numbers. It turned out she matched five white balls — 16, 54, 57, 62 and 69 — and the Powerball number, 23.

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