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Not only was the $96.5 million winning Powerball ticket from the March 22 drawing sold in Missouri, but it was sold at a Mobil gas station in Bridgeton.
The Bridgeton Mobil, in the 12-thousand block of Natural Bridge Road, will receive a $50,000 bonus for selling the jackpot ticket.
Missouri Lottery officials say no one has stepped forward yet with the winning ticket. They have until September 18 to claim their prize.
This is Missouri’s sixth-largest prize. The winning numbers from the drawing were: 13, 28, 31, 55, 58 and the Powerball number was 15.
The city of Edwardsville is considering a quarter-percent sales tax increase to help pay for new fire and police stations. That means shoppers would pay an extra 25 cents on every $100 they spend on goods and services within the city. The tax hike would raise about $1.2 million in additional revenue each year.
Mayor Hal Patton tells Fox 2 News the number of homes has doubled in the city over the last four years, and the number of students at SIU-Edwardsville is also growing. That growth, he says, is sometimes stretching emergency response times from the ususal 6-8 minutes to 16-to-18 minutes. "We feel these facilities are critically needed and we need to move forward with this plan," he said.
Mayor Patton says everyone agrees that the new facilities are needed, the only controversy is over how to pay for them. He says a sales tax increase is more fair that the alternatives. "We're better off having everybody pay a little bit as opposed to having our property tax payers burden the whole cost," he said.
The Edwardsville City Council meeting is expected to discuss the proposal at a special meeting on Thursday.