For Lane Austin of Lebanon, stopping for a snack on the way to Fort Leonard Wood provided more than a chocolate rush. Though he wouldn’t realize it immediately, the 18-year-old also left the store with a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket worth $20,000.
“I had won $50 on a $10 Scratchers ticket in December,” he explained. “So I went for another $10 ticket while I was there getting a candy bar.”
Austin, a butcher at Spring Valley Meat Processing in Phillipsburg, put the “Mega MONOPOLY™” ticket in his car and forgot all about it.
“I went on to Fort Wood and talked to some buddies in the Army there,” he said.
The ticket then sat unscratched in his car for the next week. When he finally remembered it, he couldn’t believe what it revealed, and he began to make plans to go claim his prize.
“I don’t know how my luck is that I’m sitting here with a beautiful check for $20,000 with my beautiful name on it and no one else’s,” he said, smiling as he redeemed his ticket at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City.
He said he plans to put some of the money into savings and perhaps save some for college.
Austin purchased his winning “Mega MONOPOLY™” ticket at Kum & Go, 308 Ichord Ave., in Waynesville. The $10 game officially began Aug. 29, 2009. To date, five top prizes of $2,000,000 are still unclaimed.
Details on remaining prizes for all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games can be found on Molottery.com.