July 6, 2010
18-Year-Old Wins $25,000 on Second Lottery Ticket Ever Bought
It’s been an exciting spring and summer so far for Ethan Minnick of Iberia. He turned 18 in April, graduated high school in June, and he won $25,000 in July on the second Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket he ever purchased.
Minnick was on his way to work at Hy-Vee when he decided to stop at Casey’s General Store, 2340 Highway 17 in Iberia, and try his luck on a "Money Money Money" Scratchers game. He bought a non-winning ticket the previous week, and something told him he should give the game another shot.
He returned to the car to scratch the ticket while sitting in the parking lot.
"I was scratching off the first one, and I was like, ’Well, I just won $1 or something, and it was $1,000," he recalled. "I called my mom after I scratched the second one off. I had won $2,000. I kept scratching and won $5,000, and the bottom one was a $10,000, and I won double on it."
Minnick continued to Hy-Vee and worked his shift, but he kept a close watch on his $25,000 winning ticket until he could return home and put it in a safe place.
The first-time Lottery winner has plans for the prize money.
"I’m going to buy a ’toy’ and put the rest in the bank," he revealed, referring to purchasing a dirt bike.
The win came as a surprise graduation gift for the former A+ Scholarship Program participant, who is attending Linn Technical College in the fall.
When asked to sum up his thoughts on winning the Lottery, he added that the whole experience "was a little bit crazy."
"Money Money Money
," a $2 game with a top prize of $25,000, officially began on June 12. Non-winning "Money Money Money" tickets can be entered into the "Ticket to Ride" second-chance promotion for an opportunity to win new vehicles, free gasoline, prize packages and Scratchers tickets.
The Missouri Lottery generates nearly $1 billion a year in sales and contributes more than $200 million annually to Missouri public education programs, including the A+ Scholarship Program, Special Education Excess Costs and Vocational Technical Schools.