A Quincy farmer’s “spur of the moment” decision to purchase a Missouri Lottery “Crossword” Scratchers ticket along with his groceries paid off with the game’s top prize. Wayne Stephenson, 51, redeemed his $50,000 winning ticket at the Lottery’s regional office in Springfield on Jan. 20.
When asked if he scratched his ticket at the store, in his car or at home, Stephenson answered, “all of the above.”
“I wasn’t sure at first,” he said as his earnings started to mount. “I got a little nervous, then went some place more private” to scratch off the remainder of his ticket.
Future plans include trying “to find a way to invest (the money) so, later on down the road, it’ll do some good,” he said.
Stephenson purchased the winning ticket from Bair’s Grocery, 5419 S. Campbell Ave. in Springfield.
"Crossword," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on Aug. 30, 2008.
The Missouri Lottery generates nearly $1 billion a year in sales and contributes more than $265 million annually to Missouri public education programs, including the A+ Scholarship Program, the Virtual Schools program, Special Education Excess Costs, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program and Future Minority Teacher Scholarships. In fiscal year 2008, the Missouri Lottery ranked sixth in percentage increase in sales among the 42 United States lotteries.