2009-01-23 16:41:05.747

Last-minute Stop Leads Licking Man to $100,000 Raffle Prize

Story Photo A last-minute stop to Snappy Stores, 102 Industrial St. in Licking, on the final day to purchase Missouri Lottery Million-Dollar Raffle tickets, led to a $100,000 prize for a Licking man.

Murray Johansen, a first-time Lottery winner, bought his Million-Dollar Raffle ticket only two hours before raffle sales ended on Jan. 17.

"I played the raffle last year, but I didn’t win," began Johansen.  "I cut it close this year with buying another ticket, but I made it to the store just in time!"

According to Johansen, "you’ve got to play to win," and that philosophy paid off for the 47-year-old.

"I told my girlfriend, Gina, that I won, but she didn’t believe me!" exclaimed Johansen.  "She thought I was pulling her leg, so I gave her a kiss and went back to the store to get the ticket validated."

Johansen made his way back to Snappy Stores where he received a warm welcome.

"Everyone was congratulating me and shaking my hand!" revealed Johansen.

When asked about plans for his prize money, Johansen noted he had a few ideas.

"I want to pay off my truck, visit my parents in Wisconsin and look into buying a house," said Johansen.  "I might also buy a fishing boat, but my girlfriend doesn’t like to fish much, so we’ll see."

The Million-Dollar Raffle was a Numbers Game that was a modern version of a traditional raffle.  For $10, players could purchase a ticket with a 10-digit raffle number.  Tickets were sold in sequential order from Nov. 17, 2008, through Jan. 17, and the drawing was held on Jan. 20.  With total sales reported at 171,803 tickets, the game offered the best chance ever to win $1 million.  The game also awarded four $100,000 prizes and 440 $500 prizes.

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