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December 21, 2010

Relaxing Night In Leads to $10,000 Lottery Prize

Story Photo audio icon The lights were low, and the stereo surround sound was on.  “Sherlock Holmes” was in the DVD player, and a Sedalia man was settling into his sofa.  Andre Luyet was relishing in the peaceful environment while his wife and two children were out for the evening.  Then, he remembered that he had bought a Missouri Lottery “Power 7’s” Scratchers ticket at Casey’s General Store, 3101 Clinton Road in Sedalia, and stored it in his pocket. 

While watching the opening credits, he pulled out the ticket expecting to spend a few seconds scratching it, and then continue with his night as planned.

“I scratched it off, and I had the first seven on there,” Luyet began.  “I said, ‘Oh, a $5 winner.’  Then, I looked at it, and the zeros were too big to be the little zeros, so I had to get up and turn the lights back on to see what it was.”              

The 42-year-old said he “felt just like a kid in a candy store” while he scratched off his ticket wearing a “happy smile.”

He soon discovered that what he thought was a $5 winning ticket actually held a $10,000 prize.

The first-time Lottery winner joked that when he called his wife and sister-in-law with the news, “they had some choice names to call me, but lucky was one of them!”

Luyet, who celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary in November, said he planned on taking his wife, Teresa, to Hawaii, but he had to cancel the vacation.

“My wife knew about the trip, but I was going to also fly the kids out there to surprise her for our anniversary,” he shared.  “We had some unexpected medical expenses come up in the family, so we didn’t take the trip.”

After learning that they won a $10,000 prize, Luyet added that, “The wife said, ‘Now we can go to Hawaii!’”

As for advice for fellow Lottery enthusiasts, he suggests that players “always believe and keep on going!”

"Power 7’s," a $5 game with a top prize of $77,000, officially began on Dec. 4. 

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