2010-06-25 15:59:12.687

California Man Scores $10,000 Lottery Prize

Story Photo audio icon An employee of Jefferson City High School’s Adkins Stadium is feeling lucky after uncovering a $10,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.  Charles Wood of California bought a "$100,000 Taxes Paid" Scratchers ticket while taking a soda break from his job at the football stadium.  Wood and co-worker Dave Matsko stopped at Phillips MPC 47, 301 Ellis Blvd. in Jefferson City, on June 23 and bought the ticket at the suggestion of the clerk behind the counter.  Wood scratched the ticket after returning to his truck, and both men grew excited as the prize began to grow. 
"He got more excited than I did," Wood recounted.  "I went, (hit Matsko in the arm) ’Look at this.’  I really thought it was just like a thousand.  I hit him once, and he kept hitting me about 10 times, saying, ’Look.  Look.  Look!’" 
"You better keep looking," added Matsko with a laugh.  "It’s still going!" 
The two men said they frequently buy Scratchers tickets on their breaks, but this is the first large prize either has won.  Wood and Matsko maintain the stadium year-round, but put in longer weeks during football and track season.  They returned to work to share the good news and then hustled down to Lottery headquarters to claim the prize. 
"We had to go by and had to show the boss.  And then we had to show one of the guys at the shop," Wood said.  "And then we came over here.  We had to calm our nerves down." 
Wood, 50, said that the money would be "well spent," indicating that he would do some repairs on his truck and invest a portion of it. 
"I’ll probably have to take him to lunch," Woods offered.  "That way he can tell everybody in the restaurant that I won." 
The two friends and co-workers will continue to play the Lottery looking for the big prizes, and offered this advice for other players. 
"Don’t play over their heads, and have fun doing it," suggested Wood. 
"It’s my turn, now!" declared Matsko. 
"$100,000 Taxes Paid" is a $5 game that officially began Dec. 25, 2009.  The top prize of $100,000 includes an amount equal to the standard 29 percent withholding to cover income taxes.  While the majority of prizes have already been claimed in this game, two top prizes remain.  Players can track prizes remaining for this and every Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets here at Molottery.com. 

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