Friday the 13th brought very good luck for at least one Missouri Lottery player when Jason Szydloski matched all eight lines in Lucky Dough, the Lottery’s newest daily Numbers Game. It earned the project engineer a jackpot prize of $54,650.
Szydloski purchased his winning ticket at VFW Post 4207, 540 W. Highway 60 in Monett on Nov. 13.
“I usually go in there every Friday afternoon, because I get off work early,” the 35-year-old explained. “I always do the same thing – play five $5 Quick Picks.”
This week’s Lucky Dough outing, however, became more exciting than most when he looked at the game monitor and realized it was showing all of his numbers.
“It said game 92, and that was my last game, so I went and checked it on one of those deals,” he said, referring to the Lottery Check-A-Ticket machine that allows players to scan tickets for online games, such as Lucky Dough, Club Keno, Lotto, Show Me Cash and Powerball, to determine if they’ve won.
“I thought, ‘There’s no way,’” he continued. “I had her (VFW employee) check again on her machine.”
He indeed had a winner and made the hour-long journey to the Lottery’s Springfield regional office to claim his prize.
When asked what he might do with his prize money, Szydloski replied, “I’ll probably pay off the new truck I bought a few months ago.”
Lucky Dough, which officially began on March 2, is played much like tic-tac-toe. The more lines you match, the more you win. The game is played at more than 1,000 social environments with liquor-by-the-drink licenses with drawings held every five minutes from 5 a.m. to 1:50 a.m. It offers a rolling jackpot that starts at $10,000 and continues to grow until someone wins it.