April 14, 2009
Moberly Security Guard Wins $91,481 Show Me Cash Prize
A security guard from Moberly is $91,481 richer after claiming the winning ticket from the Missouri Lottery’s Show Me Cash drawing on April 4. William Meachum, 45, thought the numbers "looked pretty familiar" when he looked them up online at work, but since he didn’t have his ticket with him at the time, he didn’t learn his fate right away.
"I usually check the numbers that night on Show Me Cash, but I didn’t think about it, because I didn’t expect to win anything," he began. "I went to work, and I looked up the winning numbers online. I’ve been playing the same numbers for three months. When I saw those numbers, I knew the first two were mine. But I thought they all looked familiar!"
It was a long shift at work for Meachum, who says he was anxious to get home and check his ticket.
"I got home and realized they (numbers) were all right," he revealed. "I went by the station that I bought the ticket from and checked my ticket on the machine."
Meachum received a few more surprises after returning to Moberly Mart, 1400 N. Morley St. in Moberly.
"It said $70,000 when I first bought the ticket, but when I checked it (ticket) at the store, it said $91,000, so my eyes got really big, and his (clerk) did, too," he explained.
The clerk at Moberly Mart just happened to be a former student of Meachum’s.
"He (clerk) was just as excited as I was, because I used to be a substitute teacher, and I had this kid in school twenty years ago," Meachum noted.
According to Meachum, who says the winning numbers "popped" into his head the day he purchased his winning ticket, he plans to adhere to his late mother’s request with his windfall.
"My mom died a few years ago, and we always talked about all the work we wanted to do to it (house)," he said. "Before she passed away, she asked me not to sell the house, so I moved in to it instead. Quite a bit of it (winnings) is going to go to whatever I can do to the house."
Meachum was the 28th Show Me Cash Jackpot winner since the game began on Sept. 8.
Show Me Cash
offers a rolling jackpot starting at $50,000, which increases by at least $5,000 at each drawing. To date, more than $3.3 million has been awarded in the game.