Steelville resident Edith Mabe, 47, didn’t think her husband, Joe, was on the up and up when he returned home from his factory job on July 29 claiming to have won $10,000. She would soon learn, however, that his stop at Mobil on the Run, 510 W. Main in Steelville, also produced a winning Missouri Lottery “$100,000 Taxes Paid” Scratchers ticket.
“He was driving home from work and stopped for gas and soda,” she recounted. “He had $5, so he got a Lottery ticket.”
Having already scratched the ticket, Joe walked into the couple’s home excited about their win.
“He told me I’d better sit down,” she said. “I asked why, and he said, ‘I won $10,000!’ I said, ‘You’re lying,’ and he said, ‘No, I’m not.’ I said, ‘Give me my glasses, so I can see’ and then it was like ‘Whoo hoo, we can pay off stuff now.’”
While Joe went to work the next day, Edith and her sister-in-law, Jeanette, headed to Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City to claim the $10,000 prize.
“He said, ‘You two go have some fun,’” she laughed.
According to Jeanette, if her brother “ever wins the big one, we’re all going to Alaska.”
“$100,000 Taxes Paid,” which officially started Dec. 25, 2009, is a $5 game offering a top prize of $100,000 – taxes paid. Two top prizes, as well as thousands of prizes between $5 and $10,000, remain unclaimed.