March 4, 2004
Palmyra Man Wins $24,000 Instantly
A 21-year-old Palmyra man’s insistence on the right game paid off to the tune of $24,000. On March 3, Joshua "Josh" Jaggers said he stopped in Pick-A-Dilly Quik Stop in Palmyra to buy a pack of cigarettes. As he was leaving the store, he looked down at the remaining $2 from his $5 bill and he decided to go back in and buy a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.
When he asked for a $2 "Lucky Gold" ticket, the clerk accidentally handed him a "Leprechaun Luck" ticket. Jaggers noticed the error and said he didn’t want that game, and he insisted on getting just one ticket from the "Lucky Gold" game. His insistence paid off when he scratched off the latex and discovered the ticket was worth the game’s top prize $24,000.
Jaggers, who has been working at The Calaboose in Palmyra, plans to use his prize money to pay off some student loans from nursing school, pay for cosmetology school in Quincy, Ill., and buy a "new-to-me car."
"Lucky Gold," a $2 Scratchers game, officially began Feb. 28.