2018-11-21 11:51:00.027

$100,000 Lottery Prize to Fund 2019 Family Vacation

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A November snowstorm was not going to hinder Michael Varady’s plans to claim a $100,000 Missouri Lottery Scratchers prize. The Maryland Heights resident uncovered the prize on a “$5,000,000 Bankroll” Scratchers ticket while at work the morning of Nov. 15.

“I always buy one ticket when I’m doing my weekly grocery shopping at Schnucks,” said Varady, referring to Schnucks Market, 2030 Dorsett Road, in Maryland Heights. “The place was crazy with people preparing for this snow.”

A self-described creature of habit, Varady said he usually waits to play his weekly Scratchers ticket until he is at work the following morning. After playing the $20 game and uncovering a $100,000 prize, he could hardly contain his excitement, saying that he told every co-worker he saw.

Varady also notified his family members of the newly found fortune, including his two sons, Alex and Greg, who accompanied their father to the Lottery’s St. Louis regional office to claim his prize later the same morning. However, one member of the Varady household was hesitant to accept the news.

“My wife is in Florida with our daughter and granddaughter. I sent her a photo of the ticket and asked if she could find the winner,” laughed Varady. “She didn’t believe me; I’m a bit of a joker. I don’t think she’ll believe it until she sees the check.”

Initial plans for the $100,000 prize include a celebratory dinner, but the continuation of a new family tradition was top of mind for Varady.

“My wife and I took the whole family on vacation to Florida last year. We rented a house on the beach for all 21 of us,” he said. “I think this just paid for next year’s trip.”

Introduced on Jan. 29, “$5,000,000 Bankroll” is a $20 Scratchers ticket featuring prizes ranging from $20 to $5 million. Varady claimed one of nine $100,000 prizes in the game, which currently has more than $37 million in total remaining prizes. Remaining prize amounts for all Scratchers games can be found at MOLottery.com and on the official Missouri Lottery app.

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