October 22, 2010
Joplin Man's Dream Turns to $100,000 Reality
Before leaving his home on Oct. 19, a Joplin man thought to himself, “I hope I win the Lottery today.” By 4 p.m., Joseph Thomure was at his bank placing a $100,000 winning Missouri Lottery “10X The Cash” Scratchers ticket into a safety deposit box.
“It started the day before,” the 41-year-old construction worker began. “I bought a ticket and I won $5, so I turned that one in and got another. I won another $5. I traded that one in for a third ticket and won $15.”
Thomure decided to try his luck on a fourth “10X The Cash” ticket the following day when he stopped at Take-A-Break, 417 S. Main St., in Webb City.
“I was on the phone with a friend sitting in my car when I scratched off the ticket,” he recalled. “I stated freaking out!”
The first-time Lottery winner thought he won $60,000 on the ticket. It wasn’t until after reaching his bank that he realized he had forgot to scratch off the entire ticket.
“On my way to the bank, I called everyone and told them that I won $60,000,” he shared. “Nobody believed me, so I had to call them back and tell them the new news. I said, ‘Well, I didn’t win $60,000. I won $100,000!’ They really didn’t know what to believe then!”
With the ticket in safe-keeping for the night at the bank, he had time to think about plans for the windfall before claiming his ticket at a Lottery office the following day.
“I’m going to take care of debt,” he said. “I feel very relieved. I still don’t think this is really happening.”
Thomure added that “dreams really can come true!”
"10X The Cash
," a $5 ticket with a top prize of $100,000, officially began on May 1. To date, five top prizes, as well as thousands of prizes ranging from $5 to $20,000, remain in play.