December 21, 2010
Maryland Heights Man is 306th Missouri Lottery-Made Millionaire
A Maryland Heights man went from network engineer to millionaire in a matter of minutes. Samuel Gardner, 53, purchased the winning Missouri Lottery “$200,000 A Year For Life” Scratchers ticket at Midwest Petroleum, 11902 Missouri Bottom Road, in Hazelwood.
After “double, triple and quadruple” checking the ticket, he realized that he won the game’s second of six second-level prizes of $50,000 a year for life – $1 million.
“It’s kind of unbelievable,” Gardner said. “You have to show it to somebody else and make them look at it, and make sure that it’s really true.”
The father of two noted that even after placing the winning ticket in his home safe, he received “very little sleep” the night he uncovered the prize.
“That’s why I had to get in here today and take care of this!” exclaimed Gardner, referring to taking a vacation day on Dec. 15 to claim his $1 million prize at the Lottery’s St. Louis office.
As for plans for the windfall, he intends to “make life better” for his family.
“I’ve got to pay for all of the things I’ve already purchased,” he added with a laugh.
“$200,000 A Year For Life
," a $20 game with a top prize of $200,000 a year for life, officially began on Aug. 28.