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November 26, 2010

Retired State Worker Strikes Lottery Gold

Story Photo audio icon Truman Hancock of Camdenton was on his way out of Casey’s General Store, 988 N. Business Route 5 in Camdenton, when a Missouri Lottery “Lucky Gold” Scratchers game caught his eye. 

“I just decided to buy a ticket, and it was a winner!” he exclaimed.  “I liked the graphics.”

The first-time Lottery winner liked what happened next even more than the ticket’s graphics. 

“I thought that I had won $2,400 instead of $24,000,” he said.  “I was excited about the $2,400!”

The retired Missouri Department of Mental Health employee didn’t find out that he had won a top prize in the game until after he left the store.

“I took it (ticket) to another place where they cash in Lotto tickets,” he explained.  “I knew the lady that worked there, and I was sharing this with her, and she said, ‘I think you better look at that ticket again.  It’s $24,000 not $2,400!’  I just looked at her with a shocked look on my face!”

Hancock, 63, plans to “buy a bass boat” with the windfall.

“I’m very happy!” he added.

"Lucky Gold," a $2 game with a top prize of $24,000, officially began on July 17.

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