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May 14, 2010

Fenton CPA Banks $10,000 Lottery Prize

audio icon A certified public accountant (CPA) from Fenton doesn’t need any advice for what to do with his $10,000 Lottery prize – he already took it to the bank.  Robert Becker purchased a $20 Missouri Lottery "$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza" Scratchers ticket on May 9 at Frontier Petroleum, 101 Old Sugar Creek Road, in Fenton.  While scratching the ticket later at home, Becker discovered it was a $10,000 winner. 
   
"I couldn’t believe it," recalled Becker.  "I looked at it about 20 times saying, ’This can’t be right.’" 
   
Becker said he likes to play the $20 games because the prizes are larger. 
   
"I figure you might as well go for a big prize, you know," he explained.  "Rather than getting four $5 ones, or 20 $1 ones, go for a $20 (ticket) and go for the big prize." 
   
Becker intended to win the top prize available in the game - $5 million, paid as an annuity during 20 years or available as a lump-sum cash payment of $3.1 million.  Had he uncovered that prize, the 65-year-old Becker said that he would retire from being a CPA to travel.  Happy with his win, he instead deposited the windfall into his bank account. 
   
"I had planned to buy a new car in a couple of months," offered Becker.  "That will make a nice down-payment on it, I guess." 
   
"$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza" is a $20 game that officially began Jan. 23.  The game features 10 second prizes of $1 million, and three top prizes of $5 million.  To date, only two $1 million prizes have been claimed.  Track prizes remaining for this or any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at Molottery.com. 

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