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December 22, 2010

Marshall Man Plans Vacation with $100,000 Lottery Prize

Story Photo audio icon Howard “Toby” Bakert of Marshall is $100,000 richer after uncovering the top prize on a Missouri Lottery “$100,000 Riches” Scratchers ticket.  The first-time Lottery winner plans to use the windfall to pay bills and take his wife on a trip to celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary.

When the 57-year-old father of one and grandfather of two saw the prize amount on the ticket he bought at North Side Convenience Store, 775 N. Miami Ave. in Marshall, he admitted that he was “confused.”

“I wasn’t really sure what it was!” he began.  “It said $20,000 underneath the star, and it happened to be a five star, which made me think it was a $100,000, but it can’t be!”

Hoping for clarification, he drove to his wife’s workplace.

“I said, ‘I’ve got a ticket here for you to take a look at,’ Bakert recalled.  “I threw it down on her desk, and she looked.”

After confirming that the ticket was a winner, Bakert’s wife, Sue, joked that she’ll have to “quit lecturing him about playing Scratchers now.” 

“It kind of makes things a little bit easier,” Sue added.

As for how they’ll use whatever prize money is left after paying bills and taking an anniversary trip, Bakert noted, “I’m not really sure what we’re going to do, but I’m sure we’ll have some fun!”

"$100,000 Riches," a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000, officially began on June 12.

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