2009-05-22 13:34:23.04

St. Charles Man Plans Trip to Lake Tahoe with $50,000 Prize

Story Photo audio icon A park maintenance technician for the St. Charles City Parks Department is $50,000 richer after uncovering the top prize on a Missouri Lottery "Crossword" Scratchers ticket.  Randolph Litton, 48, purchased the winning ticket at Energy Express, 13970 Manchester Road in Manchester, on May 18, and claimed his prize at the St. Louis Lottery office the same day.

According to Litton, confirmation of the win came from his wife while eating lunch at a local park.

"My wife said I wasn’t smart enough, but I bought one (ticket) anyway," he revealed with a chuckle.

Litton asked his wife, Angela, to check the ticket for him after he revealed what he thought was a top prize amount.  After inspecting the ticket for her husband, Angela suggested he take the rest of the day off from work, because "he wasn’t going to believe it." 

"We’re both in shock," said Litton.  "I just got my second grandbaby, and I am just going to spoil the dickens out of him!"

When asked about additional plans for the windfall, Litton noted they had some ideas.

"Now we can pay off all of our credit cards down to zero," he began.  "We can pay off a whole bunch of things."

The Litton’s are also "thinking about a trip out to Lake Tahoe in the fall." 

"We pay it a lot forward a lot of the time," he added.  "We try to do a good deed here and there and make our karma good."

In terms of advice for fellow Lottery players, Litton says persistence is key.

"Don’t give up on it," he noted.  "Don’t spend money you don’t have, but you can’t win if you don’t play."

"Crossword," a $3 game which officially began on Feb. 28, still has several top prizes of $50,000 remaining, as well as thousands of other prizes ranging from $3 to $5,000. 

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