2008-11-05 13:56:50.783

Sturgeon Truck Driver Wins $100,000 Lottery Prize

Story Photo A Sturgeon man’s night out to dinner with his wife led to a full stomach and an even fuller wallet.  Clifton Wilson, 43, of Sturgeon stopped at Break Time, 2402 Paris Road in Columbia, for a newspaper and a Missouri Lottery "Holiday Cash" Scratchers ticket before heading to dinner in Columbia on Nov. 2.  Wilson waited until returning home from dinner to scratch off his ticket.

"I was on the phone with my dad when I scratched off the ticket," said Wilson.  "I saw a bunch of candy canes and $10,000 amounts, so I asked my wife if I was reading the ticket right."

After confirmation from his wife, Theresa, Wilson, a first-time Lottery winner, informed his father that he had "won some money."

Not buying that Wilson had really won, Wilson’s father told his son to hang up the phone with him and call back when he knew for sure if/what he had won.

As fate would have it, Wilson’s ticket was indeed a $100,000 winner.

When asked about his plans for the prize money, Wilson noted that he was going to pay off his house and truck.

"We also have an 11-year-old son," said Wilson.  "His Christmas list grew a lot bigger after we told him we had won the Lottery."

"Holiday Cash," a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000, officially began on Oct. 25.  To learn more about "Holiday Cash" or any of the other Missouri Lottery Scratchers games, visit Molottery.com.

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