A Bernie man may have the secretary at the rice mill he co-owns with his sons to thank for a recent $100,000 Lottery win. After hearing her talk about a new Missouri Lottery game, Marlin Martin, 67, purchased a winning “$200,000 A Year For Life” Scratchers ticket at Casey’s, 1313 N. Douglass St. in Malden, on March 3.
“The secretary in the office was telling me about this ‘$200,000 A Year For Life’ ticket,” he said.
Martin, however, had never heard of the new game, which started Jan. 31.
“I generally do Lotto and Powerball,” he revealed, “but she got me on this one.”
The weekend before his big win, Martin won smaller amounts playing the new game, using those winnings to buy a few more tickets. Then, the next week, he decided to try his luck again.
“I was taking my truck to get it serviced,” he said of his trip to Malden, where the winning ticket was purchased. “I scratched my ticket at the Chevrolet place,” he continued, noting that, at first, it looked as if he was only going to win $25 that day.
“Oh, fiddle. I can do better than that,” he thought, resuming scratching until the big reveal - $10,000 plus the “10X” symbol, which meant he had won a grand total of $100,000.
“I have no idea,” Martin responded when asked what he might do with the money. “I am not gonna blow it; I’ll put it that way.” He said, “The wife wants a few things around the house,” and he thought he’d probably share with his sons and granddaughters, too.
“$200,000 A Year For Life” offers a chance to win up to 20 times per ticket, more than $76 million in prizes and a top prize of $200,000 a year for life.