2005-12-07 16:02:17.0

Like Son, Like Father: Holts Summit Man Pulls Off Big Win

Story Photo A retired Holts Summit man "pulled off" a $1,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery Pull-Tab game on Dec. 6. Tom Shepard, 82, said he stopped at the Eagles, 1411 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City, and bought $10 worth of Missouri Lottery Pull-Tab tickets. The first ticket was a $1 winner, and the second one he played turned out to be worth a $1,000 top prize. The winning ticket was from the "$1,000 Diamond Dash" game, a $1 ticket. This isn’t the first time a man in the Shepard family has won a big Lottery prize in the past couple of months. On Sept. 29, Tom Shepard’s son - Steve Shepard of Mineral Point - uncovered the first $1 million prize in the Lottery’s new "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" Scratchers game. He bought his ticket at Express Mart, 602 E. High St. in Potosi. The elder Shepard plans to use his prize money to pay for a new water pump for his car and for Christmas presents for some of his 34 grandchildren. There are still nine $1 million prizes left in the "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" game, which has the highest payout in the Lottery’s history and offers more than $102.5 million in cash prizes. More than 75.14 percent of the $10 game’s sales will be returned to players as prizes.

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