2010-08-30 13:58:42.043

Lottery Prize Provides Funds for Business and Pleasure

Story Photo A Columbia man might have had a sleepless night on Aug. 25, but he was "feeling good" when he woke up the next morning.  Roger Cochran, 66, was up all night thinking about the $25,000 Missouri Lottery "5X The Fortune" prize he won earlier that day.  The owner of Cochran Plumbing said the windfall provided just the ticket to turn a hope into a reality.

"We’ve wanted to buy a backhoe, but haven’t yet, because they’re pretty expensive," he shared.  "With this money, now we can get one."

Cochran, who runs the business with his son, said he will use the remainder of the prize money "to have a little fun."

"With what’s left, we’ll probably take a boys trip to Las Vegas this Christmas," he added, referring to vacationing with his son and grandson.  "My grandson is going away to college soon, so this will be a good trip together before he heads out."

Cochran is not the only person in his family to strike Scratchers Lottery luck.  He mentioned that his sister won $1,000 two years ago, his sister-in-law won $3,000 last month, and his son took home a $100 prize the same week Cochran won the $25,000 prize.

"It’s just amazing," he said.  "I still can’t believe it’s really real!"

When asked if he planned to do anything else to celebrate his good fortune, he enthusiastically said, "Yeah, we’re (son and I) going out to get a 20-ounce steak dinner!"

Cochran purchased the winning ticket at Fast Lane, 7701 Roanoke Drive, in Columbia.

"5X The Fortune," a $2 game with a top prize of $25,000, officially began on March 27.

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