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Fulton couple wins $50,000 with Power Play

Fulton couple wins $50,000 with Power Play

December 15th, 2011 in News

Antonio and Zephia Jean Albarico won $50,000 from the Missouri Lottery on Dec. 10. The couple said they plan to pay off all their bills with their special holiday bonus.

A Fulton couple received an unexpected holiday bonus over the weekend.

Antonio Albarico matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number in the Dec. 10 Missouri Lottery Powerball drawing, and turned his $10,000 winnings into $50,000 because he had added Power Play to his ticket.

"I had to keep on checking (the numbers). At first I thought I had just one number and the Powerball, then I looked again and it was two, three, four and the Powerball," Albarico said.

His wife, Zephia, said she asked him how he had done when she saw an odd look on his face.

"He was so excited," Zephia Albarico said. "Out of both of us, I'm glad he's the one that got it."

Antonio Albarico, who retired to Fulton from California 10 years ago to be closer to his wife's family, said he has played the lottery on a monthly basis for the past 20 to 25 years.

"I like to gamble - it's cheaper than going to the casinos," Albarico said.

Albarico said he plans to use his winnings - which will amount to approximately $35,500 once taxes are taken out - to pay bills and possibly put toward a new car.

"I'm going to pay everything off but the mortgage," he said. "Since we're retired, it'll be nice to (have the cushion). Maybe we can put some money into savings."