2005-09-30 12:16:03.0

Potosi Man Becomes First $1 Million Instant Winner In New Scratchers Game

Story Photo video icon A Potosi business man can add $1 million to his bottom line after he uncovered the first top prize in the Missouri Lottery’s new "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" Scratchers game. Steve Shepard, 47, owner of Zach’s Bar & Grill in Potosi, said he has been getting ready to open another bar and grill, and he will use some of his prize money for that. "I’ll probably buy a new car," he said. "I’ve been looking at the convertible Saturns." Shepard purchased his winning ticket at Express Mart, 602 E. High St. in Potosi, around 9 a.m. on Sept. 29, before leaving town for Cape Girardeau for business. He scratched the ticket in Ste. Genevieve and headed directly up to the Lottery’s St. Louis office to claim his prize. "I didn’t make it to Cape," he mused. In addition to the new establishment and a new car, Shepard plans to use the money to celebrate his upcoming birthday on Oct. 7. "This is going to be a very good birthday," Shepard said. The new "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" game, which officially started on Sept. 10, has the highest payout in the Lottery’s nearly 20-year history and offers more than $102.5 million in cash prizes, including 10 top prizes of $1 million. More than 75.14 percent of the $10 game’s sales will be returned to players as prizes. To date, 205 Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold in the Lottery’s 19 years of sales. Of those winning tickets, seven were from Scratchers games.

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