December 12, 2006
18-Year-Old Jefferson City Man Wins Lifetime Riches
An 18-year-old Jefferson City man is now set for life after he uncovered a top prize in the Missouri Lottery’s "Lifetime Riches" Scratchers game. Justin Glidewell said he plans to take his top prize of $50,000 a year for life in annual payments, rather than choosing the lump-sum option of $800,000.
"I think I will take the payments," said Glidewell, who moved to Jefferson City in May from his hometown of Rolla. "That way I won’t blow it all at once."
Glidewell bought his winning ticket at Bee Line Snack Shop, 1100 Missouri Boulevard in Jefferson City, when he stopped to pick up paperwork and a soda on his way to work at the Bee Line Snack shop office on St. Louis Road. He said he only bought one of the $10 "Lifetime Riches" tickets.
"Something just told me to buy it," he said. "We’d been talking about it, and the manager there said she seemed to think that one (Lifetime Riches) pays out better."
Though Glidewell isn’t sure what he will do with his prize money, he does plan to pay off some of his new truck.
"I’ll definitely have a nice Christmas," he said.
The $10 "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.
To date, 223 Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold in the Lottery’s nearly 21 years of sales. Of those winning tickets, 17 were from Scratchers games, five of which were from the "Lifetime Riches" game. There are still five top prizes of $50,000 a year for life left in the game.