A St. Robert father of two plans to “get my kids a college fund,” thanks to a jackpot-winning Missouri Lottery Show Me Cash ticket. Melvin McAllister, 44, purchased the winning ticket for the March 14 drawing at St. Robert Cenex, 333 Highway Z in St. Robert, and claimed his $458,022 prize at the Lottery’s Springfield regional office on March 18.
In addition to securing an education for his daughter Shuntrice, 17, and son Melvin Jr., 15, he also wants to “plan for my retirement and help out some family members.”
Winning was an experience that took a while to sink in for McAllister, a custodian at the Daugherty Bowling Center at Fort Leonard Wood.
“I didn’t believe it,” he said of his initial check of the ticket. “I had the retailer to check it; I thought it wasn’t real.”
Eventually it did sink in, and he called his children to share the good news.
“They were excited. They still are,” he said.
When asked if he had anything else he’d like to share about his jackpot win, McAllister replied, “I want to thank the Lord.”
Show Me Cash offers a rolling jackpot that starts at $50,000 and increases by at least $5,000 at each drawing. McAllister is the 23rd Show Me Cash jackpot winner since the game began on Sept. 8, 2008.