Morning rain that stalled the beginning of their workday mowing lawns led three friends and co-workers to purchase a winning Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket worth $10,000. James Williams, 36, of Republic and Samuel Parris, 24, and Matt McMillan, 29, both of Springfield, purchased their winning “Monte Carlo” ticket at Bair’s Grocery, 5419 S. Campbell Ave. in Springfield, on July 30.
The trio, who work for JJ’s Lawn Service in Nixa, have a long-standing tradition of purchasing Scratchers tickets at a nearby convenience store each Thursday after cashing their paychecks.
“We play the $5 tickets and, every very once in a while, the $10 ones,” said Williams.
After their regular Thursday morning stops, the uncooperative weather allowed the men to head over to Bair’s Grocery for “some good biscuits and gravy,” as well as another crack at a Scratchers game.
According to Williams, Parris began to scratch the ticket but thought the prize amount was much less.
“I said, ‘No, that’s the money symbol. That means we won them all,’” Williams explained. “[Sam’s] blood pressure was getting high; he was getting a little dizzy,” he teased.
After realization sunk in, Williams said there was “some dancing and hugging in the store” before the men made their way to the Lottery’s regional office in Springfield to claim the $10,000 prize.
“School’s coming up, so this is definitely needed. It’s good timing,” he added.
“Monte Carlo,” a $5 game offering a top prize of $100,000 for players matching their numbers to the numbers revealed on the wheel, officially started June 13.