July 14, 2009
Retired Eldon Man Unlocks $10,000 Prize
A former locksmith found the key to retirement – win the lottery. Chuck Ruth of Eldon stopped for gas and a Scratchers ticket after running errands in Osage Beach on July 10. He bought one "$200,000 A Year For Life" Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket at Murphy Oil Express, 4294 Highway 54 in Osage Beach.
"I just pick one up every once in a while," said Ruth. "Got lucky, I guess."
Ruth, 64, took the ticket home and scratched it with his wife, Penny, while sitting on their deck. He said there "was a lot of shouting" after discovering the $10,000 prize. Ruth said that they had won $1,000 on a Scratchers ticket previously, but that this was their biggest win.
"I hope that this is kind of a jump to that big one," explained Ruth.
Ruth said that the prize money will go in the bank, but they have a few ideas such as extending the deck on their house or adding a hot tub.
"I’m sure my wife will find something for it," shrugged Ruth.
"$200,000 A Year For Life"
is the second $20 Scratchers ticket released by the Missouri Lottery. The game officially began Jan. 31 and features a top prize of $200,000 a year for life. Players can also win prizes of $100,000, $20,000 or, as in this case, $10,000, in addition to several smaller amounts.