2009-01-30 16:19:19.613

Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation Director Wins $100,000 Prize

Story Photo A stop to a local convenience store led to a profitable return for one Excelsior Springs man on Jan. 23.  Steven Zimmerman, 55, purchased a Missouri Lottery "$100,000 Taxes Paid" Scratchers ticket from Paul’s Convenience, 1217 N. Jesse James Road in Excelsior Springs, and discovered he was $100,000 richer moments later.

"I am in the store (Paul’s Convenience) all of the time," began Zimmerman.  "I stopped in the other day and bought two tickets.  I scratched one and won $5.  I said, ’At least I made my money back.’"

It turns out that Zimmerman, Parks and Recreation Director for Excelsior Springs, received his money back with interest.

"The other ticket was worth $100,000!" recalled Zimmerman.  "I was in my truck when I scratched it off, so I drove home and told my wife, but she didn’t believe me."

According to Zimmerman, his wife requested confirmation of the win.

"I drove back to the store and brought my wife with me this time," said Zimmerman.  "We’re both still in shock."

When asked about plans for the prize money, Zimmerman, a first time Lottery winner and father of three, noted that he planned to upgrade his home and "put money in the bank."

"$100,000 Taxes Paid," a $5 Scratchers game with a top prize of $100,000 taxes paid, officially began on Oct. 4. 

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