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August 11, 2010

Branson Man Surprises Wife with Flowers and $100,000 Prize

Story Photo audio icon Giving your spouse flowers is generally a good way to bring a smile to their face.  Not only did David Thiele of Branson surprise his wife with a bouquet of fresh flowers on Aug. 9, but he also gave her something extra - a $100,000 winning Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.  With a laugh, Thiele, 46, said the gesture "almost gave her (wife) a heart attack."

"I handed her the flowers, and she said, ’Oh, they’re pretty cute,’ and then I showed her the ticket, and she didn’t understand what it was at first," he recalled.  "Once she read the fourth line down, she sort of freaked out.  Her jaw pretty much dropped to the ground!"

Days earlier, Thiele was on his way to work when he stopped at QuikTrip, 325 W. Cardinal St., in Springfield.  He thought the Missouri Lottery "Casino Cash" Scratchers ticket "looked like one that would be all right to play," so he tried his luck. 

Thiele, a mechanic, was "sitting outside of work, getting ready to go in," when he uncovered the top prize.

"I didn’t believe it was (a winner) for awhile," he said.  "I had to keep looking at it to make sure it was actually saying $100,000."

After checking the ticket three or four times, the father of four went on with his workday, while keeping the ticket "under lock and key the whole time." 

As for how he will spend the windfall, he plans to "get completely out of debt."

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

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