2008-02-01 10:32:08.273

Lake Ozark Bridge Foreman Uncovers $25,000 Lottery Prize

Story Photo Scott Vaught, a bridge foreman for APAC, ended up being thankful for the snow in mid-Missouri when he won $25,000 instantly on Jan. 31 playing the Missouri Lottery’s "4 Million Dollar Cash Bonanza" Scratchers game.  Vaught, 40, was off work on Jan. 31 because of the weather.  He was playing Scratchers tickets with his brother-in-law at West Pit Stop, 3577 Highway 54 in Lake Ozark, to pass the time on the snowy day.  One of those tickets ended up being worth $25,000.
Vaught explained that his brother-in-law had been having some luck playing "4 Million Dollar Cash Bonanza," the Lottery’s new $20 game.  Vaught bought two tickets for his brother-in-law and two for himself.  They won a few dollars on the tickets, so they each bought two more $20 tickets and another $10 worth of tickets.  One of Vaught’s tickets turned out to be worth $25,000.
"My brother called me and told me to come down there," said Cindy Vaught, Scott Vaught’s wife.  "I told him I was too busy and didn’t have time.  It wasn’t long before he called back and said, ’You really need to come down here.’"
Scott and Cindy Vaught’s daughter works with Cindy Vaught.  She told her mom that the guys were probably playing a joke on her and she should check the back of the ticket to be sure it was a real ticket and not a joke ticket.
When Cindy Vaught got to West Pit Stop, Scott Vaught was standing outside with the winning ticket.
Scott Vaught hasn’t decided for sure what he will do with his prize money, but his wife, Cindy, would like to get a new wedding ring.  They are also considering taking a vacation with some of the prize money.
The $20 "4 Million Dollar Cash Bonanza" Scratchers game, which officially began on Jan. 26, offers four top prizes of $4 million and 16 prizes of $1 million.

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