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August 3, 2010

Mistake Leads Kirksville Man to $10,000 Prize

Story Photo William Gordy of Kirksville said "a pure mistake" led him to a $10,000 prize on July 26.  The first-time Lottery winner bought a Missouri Lottery "$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza" Scratchers ticket at Kum & Go, 503 S. Franklin St. in Kirksville, but he said that the game wasn’t his first choice.

"I pointed to a different ticket, but the clerk handed me this one," he began.  "When I told him that I meant the other one, he went to grab that one for me, but I decided to keep the first one."

Gordy, 28, didn’t realize he was holding a winning ticket until later that day when he uncovered the prize. 

"I wasn’t sure what to think," shared the father of two children.  "My wife and kids were with me, and they couldn’t believe it either."

The Gordys were on vacation at the time of the win.  Gordy, a nurse, and his wife, a teacher, said the win came as a "great way to end vacation."

As for plans for the prize money, Gordy added that his daughter "wants to go shopping," while his son has other plans.

"My son likes to hunt, so we might get a gun for him," he said.  "The rest will go into the bank."

When asked for advice for fellow Lottery players, he shared, "You have to play to win, but you don’t want to go over your head."

"$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza," a $20 game with a top prize of $5,000,000, officially began on Jan. 23.

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