2017-06-29 13:35:26.01

KC Man's Coffee Comes with $77,777 Prize

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An empty coffee pot doesn’t usually lead to winning $77,777, but that’s exactly what happened for one Kansas City firefighter. In fact, for Sam Santa Maria, there were actually a few peculiarities in his day that led to uncovering a top prize on a Missouri Lottery “7” Scratchers ticket.

“I was out of K-Cups for my coffee machine, which I never am,” he shared, explaining the lucky chain of events. “So I walked up to the convenience store… and I had $5 cash… and I never bring my wallet, but I had my wallet and just $5 cash… and I bought the coffee. And, thank God, I didn’t use the $5 to buy the cup of coffee. I put the coffee on my debit card, and I never do that.”

That fortuitous decision at Prairie View Phillips, 5910 N.W. Prairie View Drive in Kansas City, left Santa Maria with the $5 he used to purchase his winning Scratchers ticket – a game he chose for a rather unique reason.

“I’ve never won it, and I was mad at it,” he divulged. “I said, ‘I’m just going to do it.’ And I couldn’t believe it. It was it (a big winner).”

At first, Santa Maria thought he’d won $77, but as he continued scratching, the full $77,777 prize was revealed.

“I saw the comma, and I was like, ‘Oh. Oh, boy.’”

Plans for his winnings had already been determined by the time Santa Maria claimed his prize at the Lottery’s office in Independence the following week.

“I am going to get ‘Even Steven,’” he said. “I’m going to pay off my debt. I’m going to be debt-free, and I’m going to put a little bit back for a house that I’ve been saving for – for a down payment…  Debt-free, get a little house and live the American dream, right?”

“7” is a $5 ticket that officially went on sale Jan. 30. The game offers more than $7.4 million in remaining prizes – including three more top prizes of $77,777.  Remaining prizes for all Scratchers games can be tracked here.


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