November 5, 2007
Osage Beach Man Wins $1 Million Lottery Prize
An Osage Beach man was the first person to uncover a $1 million top prize in the Missouri Lottery’s "100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" Scratchers game. Joseph "Joe" Kinnaman, 63, bought the winning ticket on Oct. 31 when he went to KK Eagle Stop, 5995 Highway 54 & KK in Osage Beach, to buy Powerball tickets for his wife and mother-in-law.
"Sue (Kinnaman’s wife) and her mom didn’t get their Powerball tickets, so I went to get the tickets," Kinnaman said. "I asked the young lady, ’Please give me a (’$250,000 Mega Cash’) and a ’100 Million Dollar Blockbuster.’ Well, I won $20 on the ’Mega Cash’ and nothing on the ’Blockbuster.’"
He cashed the winning ticket and put in another $10 to buy three "$250,000 Mega Cash" tickets and won $50 on those tickets. He cashed in those tickets for one "100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" ticket and $40 in cash.
That one "100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" ticket turned out to be the first top-prize winning ticket in the game, worth $1 million.
"I looked at it and I said (to the clerk), ’Would you mind checking this for me?’" Kinnaman said.
After uncovering his prize, Kinnaman stayed calm and even finished running errands before going home to tell Sue about his prize.
"Besides getting their Powerball tickets, I had to get light bulbs, so I went and got the light bulbs," Kinnaman said.
Kinnaman, cardiovascular coordinator for Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, said he plans to pay off some bills with his prize money. He said that he’s getting close to retirement, so he will also set aside some of the money for that.
"It’s going to make retirement a lot easier," said Sue Kinnaman, a retired nurse.
The $10 game "100 Million Dollar Blockbuster
" officially began on Sept. 16. It offers 10 top prizes of $1 million and a total of more than $100 million in cash prizes. Kinnaman is the 23rd instant Missouri Lottery millionaire and the 239th millionaire overall.