2010-08-10 15:59:12.067

Soda Stop Supplies Rolla Man With $10,000 Surprise

Story Photo audio icon A Rolla man had his thirst quenched and his bank account inflated by $10,000 all before his shift began on Aug. 5.  Perry Mehling, 36, was on his way to work when he stopped at Phillips MPC, 1010 Forum Dr. in Rolla, for a soda and a Missouri Lottery "Casino Cash" Scratchers ticket.

While sitting outside of the store in his vehicle, he realized he was holding a winning ticket.

"I kind of have a way I do it when I scratch," he shared.  "If I scratch something that says, ’Win,’ I never scratch off the amount until I scratch the whole ticket.  Then I go back one at a time." 

Expecting to see $1 or $5, he began to uncover the prize amounts on the ticket. 

"The first one I scratched was $1,000," he recalled.  "Then the lump in the throat and the heart-pounding and hands shaking (started).  I kept scratching off all the ones that were winners, and it ended up being 10, and they were each $1,000 each!"

He went on to say it "was kind of hard to breathe and talk."

After catching his breath, he called his wife with the news.

"She didn’t believe me at first!" he shared with a laugh.

He took a detour to his house to show his wife and two children the ticket before heading to work, where he "thought about it all night."

It was a long shift for the forklift driver at Kingsford Manufacturing Company in Belle. 

"I told all my co-workers once I got there," he said.  "They were happy and jealous at the same time." 

The majority of the winnings will go into savings, but he plans to "play with a little bit of it."

"I like to hunt and fish, so I’m seeing a new bow and a couple fishing poles in the future," he added.

"Casino Cash," a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000, officially began on July 17.

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