December 29, 2008
Jefferson City Man's "Good Karma" Pays Off with $1,000 Prize
A Jefferson City man thought he received "one of those fake tickets" on Christmas when he uncovered a $1,000 prize. Daniel Bargielski’s son, Alex, had given his father several Missouri Lottery ’’Monopoly™’’ Scratchers tickets as a gift, but Bargielski wasn’t sure if he was holding a legitimate winning ticket right away. It wasn’t until Bargielski took his ticket to Rainbow Market, 4404 Rainbow Dr. in Jefferson City, where his son purchased the ticket that he believed he really was a winner.
"It is a funny story, because my son told me that he realized he didn’t have enough money on him when he went to Rainbow Market to buy the tickets, but the clerk told him she would hold the ones he picked out while he ran to the bank," Bargielski explained.
As fate would have it, one of the tickets Bargielski’s son asked the clerk to hold was indeed a winner.
Bargielski was accompanied by his daughter, Vickie, a school nurse at Lewis and Clark school in Jefferson City, on Dec. 29 when he claimed his prize at the Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City. According to Vickie, her father is "always lucky," but she had another idea about why he won the $1,000 prize.
"My dad is always doing things for other people," said Vickie. "This year he paid for my niece to fly to Missouri from Arizona for Christmas. He also bought about 15 pizzas for everyone. I think this win is because of my dad’s good karma he has built up over the years."
Karma, fate, or whatever else one might call it - Bargielski ended up having a very happy holiday season.
"This is a really unexpected and great surprise," said Bargielski.
™,’’ a $2 game with a top prize of $25,000, officially began on Oct. 4.