2010-09-13 15:49:22.783

Arcadia Man Wins $55,000 Show Me Cash Jackpot

Story Photo audio icon A state employee is the latest Missouri Lottery player to win a Show Me Cash jackpot.  Kevin Cheaney of Arcadia was working at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park during Labor Day weekend.  But that gave him the opportunity to stop for Lottery tickets on the way home.  A stop on Friday garnered one $55,000 winning Show Me Cash jackpot ticket.  A second stop at County Mart, Highway 21 and 72 in Arcadia, yielded the knowledge of his win. 
“Mega Millions was on for Friday night, so I bought a dollar on each one,” explained Cheaney.  “Saturday night about 5:15, 5:20, I went to the local store.  I was going to buy tickets for Saturday’s game and I was going to go to church.  I gave him the Mega Millions, which was not a winner, and then this one popped up $55,000 winner, check at Lottery office or something.  I thought, ‘Huh?’”
Sure enough, the habit of buying a $1 Quick Pick ticket for every drawing paid off handsomely for the 59-year-old maintenance worker.  The clerk handed him a printout that confirmed it.  Cheaney went on to church that night and finished working the busy holiday weekend, bragging only a little to friends and colleagues. 

“My wife was up in St. Louis, and when I called her, my ear is still ringing!” he declared.  “We’ve been married 40 years.  She thought I was pulling a fast one at first, but now she knows it’s not, because she’s seen the ticket.” 

He journeyed to the St. Louis Lottery office on Sept. 7 to claim his prize.  Cheaney said the money would be used to “pay off his truck” and “put a little back.”  Some will be used to have some fun, a good Christmas, and probably even a trip for the family. 

“I’ve got four kids and 14 grandkids.  We’re talking about going on a vacation somewhere.  My wife mentioned the Wisconsin Dells,” related Cheaney.               
This isn’t the first big win for Cheaney.  He won $5,000 on a Scratchers ticket last year.  He said his wife, Cynthia, will be joining him for a cruise soon that was paid for by his last Lottery win. 
“Well, I won $5,000, now this is $55,000.  I just told my buddy, ‘Well, maybe I’ll win $5.5 million next time!’” he joked. 
Show Me Cash is a daily Numbers Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins.  Between now and Oct. 11, players who purchase a $1 Show Me Cash ticket for the current draw will receive a Bonus Raffle ticket for the “Back to Vegas” promotion.  Players will have the chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas. 

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