December 13, 2019

Luck Hands Imperial Man $1 Million Scratchers Win

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James Dane of Imperial had once run into a man who had won a $10 million Missouri Lottery Scratchers prize. When asked about his method of play, Dane said the man told him that he always purchased two tickets at a time. As luck would have it, this method would mean a $1 million win for Dane on Dec. 4.

“I had a $30 winner from the week before,” Dane explained. “I usually get my tickets from the same gas station, and I needed gas, so I went in to pay and took my winner with me.”

That convenience store was On The Run, 3611 West Outer Road, in Arnold. Upon cashing his winner, Dane asked the clerk for the current ticket number for the $30 ticket, “$300 Million Cash Explosion.”

“She said it was on number 2,” he recalled. “I said, ‘Well, never mind. I don’t usually like getting the first 10.’ The guy next to her said, ‘Well, I’ve got tickets over here, and that one’s on 19.’”

Dane purchased two tickets and went back to his truck, pumped his gas and scratched his tickets.

“The first ticket wasn’t a winner,” he said. “So I started scratching the second one. I got the ‘dollar sign,’ which usually means it’s like a $30 winner. I always scratch off the last number of the prize, and usually it’s a small zero. This time, it was a big zero, so I thought it was a $1,000 winner.”

In “$300 Million Cash Explosion,” revealing the “dollar bill” symbol means that the player wins the prize automatically.

“I kept scratching and zeros kept showing up,” he continued. “I scratched it all off and it said ‘million.’”

When he got home that day, Dane had a little fun breaking the good news to his wife.

“I said, ‘What would you do if we won $10,000?’ She said, ‘I don’t know. Since we’re not going to win $10,000, I’m not going to worry about that.’ So I slid her the ticket and said, ‘How about a million?’”

$300 Million Cash Explosion” is a $30 Scratchers game with more than $207 million in remaining prizes, including two remaining to prizes of $10 million and seven remaining second-tier prizes of $1 million.

In the most recent fiscal year, players in Jefferson County won more than $30 million in Missouri Lottery prizes. Retailers in the county received more than $3.1 million in commissions and bonuses, and an additional $7.8 million went to educational programs in the county. To see a detailed list of the programs that benefited, visit MOLottery.com.

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