When Phillip Earley of Chillicothe set out to go see his brother in Shelbina on Feb. 1, little did the Central Methodist University student know that his decision to stop and purchase a few Missouri Lottery tickets along the way would lead to a $10,000 cash prize.
“This never would have been possible without my brother,” he said, speaking of his decision to pay his older sibling a visit and to make the stops he did that day. “Some people believe in luck, but everything really comes from the choices we make. It’s all about choice. Everything comes from a choice.
“What if I had gone to a different store or had chosen a different ticket,” the physics student mused.
“I’m fascinated with how the world works and the ways of the universe,” the 20-year-old added, happy that he opted for the “$100,000 Taxes Paid” Scratchers ticket that day at Casey’s, 115 W. Broadway St., in Madison.
“My family needed something good to happen. It’s still overwhelming, and I don’t know how to feel about this,” he said. “Finally, something good has happened.”
Earley plans to share at least a portion of his winnings with his mother.
“She works three jobs, and it’s my goal in life to make my mom happy because she’s done so much for us,” he said.
“$100,000 Taxes Paid,” which officially started Dec. 25, 2009, is a $5 game offering a top prize of $100,000 – taxes paid. Three top prizes, as well as thousands of prizes between $5 and $10,000, remain in play.