James Lynch of Arnold was eating with his uncle a few months ago at a Loves Travel Stop, 13945 Missouri Bottom Road, in Bridgeton. While his uncle was finishing up, he saw a Missouri Lottery vending machine and decided to buy a $5 “20X The Cash” Scratchers ticket.
“It definitely popped out to me because of the bright colors,” said Lynch, explaining why he purchased that specific ticket.
He scratched it there and immediately knew he had just won $20,000. Lynch stayed calm, though, and waited until they got back to their truck to tell his uncle.
“I was happy,” said Lynch. “I’m still happy.”
Lynch claimed his ticket at the Lottery office in St. Louis two months later in March. He said his busy schedule with work and different jobs with his friends is why he waited to claim.
He plans to buy a car with his win, but he only has one condition.
“It has to be an American-made car,” said Lynch.
“20X The Cash" began Dec. 27, 2016, and offers top prizes of $100,000. It is also part of a family of Scratchers tickets: “5X The Cash,” “10X The Cash” and “50X The Cash.”