2007-04-03 14:37:48.647

St. Louis Dad Uncovers Top Prize

A St. Louis man doesn’t have to worry about his son’s college tuition after uncovering a top prize in the Missouri Lottery’s Scratchers game "Crossword."
Don McKinney bought a $3 "Crossword" ticket when he stopped at Jump Stop, 12785 New Halls Ferry Road in St. Louis, on March 27. He scratched his ticket later that night, and revealed the $50,000 prize.
"It was hard to go to work this morning," McKinney told a Lottery official when he claimed his prize on March 28.
McKinney has two sons. His older son is a freshman in college at Alabama A & M University in Huntsville, Ala., and his younger son is a sophomore in high school.
"My son is in college, so it will take care of that," McKinney said.
When McKinney claimed his prize, he had not yet told his wife about his win. He wanted to check with the Lottery’s regional office in St. Louis to be sure the ticket was a winner before telling her. He told Lottery officials he plans to wait until he gets his prize money and surprise her with the news of his win.
McKinney said his Lottery win "feels great."
"I wish you could see the smile on my face," McKinney told a Lottery official over the phone.
The $3 game, "Crossword," officially began on March 1.

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