2006-06-07 14:57:16.73

Kansas City Man Wins $20,000

A system’s engineer from Kansas City uncovered a $20,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery "Lifetime Riches" Scratchers ticket. Michael "Mike" Abbott, 56, said he went to QuikTrip, 7200 N.E. Parvin Road in Kansas City, on June 4 to buy a soda. With $10 left, he purchased a "Lifetime Riches" ticket and won $20,000.
"I almost didn’t buy it," said Abbott, who works for Cerner Corp. in N. Kansas City.
Abbott said he will use his prize money to pay off his credit card bills, student loans and other debt. He said there will still be some prize money left to help pay some of his son Jonathan’s upcoming college tuition this fall.
The new "Lifetime Riches" game, which officially started April 22, has the highest payout in the Lottery’s history and offers more than $100 million in cash prizes, including 10 top prizes of $50,000 a year for life. More than 75.62 percent of the $10 game’s sales will be returned to players as prizes.

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