Family Matches Five Numbers in Powerball; Changes Ahead
October 24, 2005 at 9:57 PM CDT - Updated July 26 at 4:51 PM
Family Matches Five Numbers in Powerball; Changes Ahead By: Ryan Tate
SIKESTON, MO --Malissa Carr just wanted some salt. When she left the store, she was about to be peppered with money. Carr matched five numbers in the Powerball drawing last Wednesday, becoming one of three people who bought tickets in Missouri to collect more than $853,000 in winnings.
"It has not sunk in yet," Carr said. "Things like this just don't happen to people like us."
Carr says her husband Del is on disability and she applied for assistance as well. Carr says she has back problems, a disk disease, even depression. Despite just moving into a new home, the family has had problems paying bills.
They don't have that problem any more. Now they look to move into a new house.
"The kids are so happy now, they get to have their own room," Carr said.
Del says he wants to buy a new truck. Malissa says they might go as a family to Six Flags outside of St. Louis because they couldn't go in the past. Malissa says they couldn't afford it.
"Saturday I went to Wal-Mart and people said to me, you have a holey shirt on. What are you doing you're a half-a millionaire? It's not going to change me, just some our material things," Carr said.