2006-11-22 11:21:19.997

Kansas City Man is Newest Lottery Millionaire

Story Photo A retired Kansas City Metro bus driver is looking forward to a nice holiday season after he uncovered $1 million in the Missouri Lottery’s "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" Scratchers game on Nov. 20. Eugene "Gene" Shelton, 78, is the Missouri Lottery’s sixth millionaire from the game.
"I didn’t believe my eyes," Shelton said. "I was shaking all the way to the office. I was worried it would blow out the window or something on the way."
Shelton purchased his winning ticket at Happy Food Center, 4019 E. 31st in Kansas City, when he stopped to purchase a soda. He also bought two "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" tickets. One ticket was a winner worth $10, and the other was the $1 million top prize. Shelton said he put the ticket in his pocket and drove right to the Missouri Lottery regional office in Kansas City.
"I’m relieved," Shelton said when he turned in his ticket for redemption.
This is not Shelton’s first large Lottery prize. He also won $10,000 in 2004 playing a Missouri Lottery Scratchers game.
"I finally got the big one," Shelton said of his latest Lottery prize.
Although Shelton is not sure what he will do with his prize money, he said his six grown children and 12 grandchildren will get to enjoy some of the prize.
"(I’ll) give my kids and grandkids a good Christmas," Shelton said.
Beyond celebrating Christmas, Shelton is not sure what he will do with his prize.
"I haven’t made up my mind yet," Shelton said. "I’m still shaking a little."
The $10 game "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" officially began on Sept. 10, 2005. It offers one of the highest payouts in the Lottery’s 20-year history. "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" offers more than $100 million in cash prizes and more than 75 percent of the game’s sales will be returned to players as prizes. Four of the game’s 10 $1 million top prizes remain.
To date, 222 Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold in the Lottery’s 20 years of sales. Of those winning tickets, 16 were from Scratchers games.

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