Ironically, it was an actual pickle that led a Mineral Point man into a “pickle” of a situation. However, it was a position that Casey Cook, 24, didn’t mind being in, as he tried to find someone to cover his shift at Taco Bell so he could go claim a $30,000 Missouri Lottery prize.
Cook retold the story that began at Roy’s Convenience Store, 10088 Old Highway 8 in Mineral Point, while presenting his winning ticket at the Lottery’s St. Louis regional office.
“I actually went to buy me a pickle, and I had a little bit of money on me,” he said. “The ‘Find $100’ game is one of my most favorite games, so I bought like five of them.”
Upon realizing he had scratched off one of the $30,000 top prizes, his first call was to his boss to try to coordinate his work schedule. Unable to get a last-minute substitute, he showed up at the Lottery office first thing the next morning so he could make it back to Potosi in time for his next shift.
Cook’s plans for his winnings include working on his house and paying off debt.
The $2 “Find $100” Scratchers game officially went on sale Feb. 27. To date, more than $4.6 million in prizes remain, including four more top prizes of $30,000.
In the most recent fiscal year, players in Washington County won more than $3.3 million in Missouri Lottery prizes. An additional $398,878 from Lottery proceeds went to education programs in the county, and $325,080 was paid in retailer incentives.