Ron Marlow of Iberia went from a reaction of shock and disbelief to “whoopee” in just a matter of moments. On Dec. 22, the grandfather of six thought he had just uncovered a small fortune on a lottery ticket he purchased. He returned to the convenience store to check what he thought was a $1,000 winning Missouri Lottery “$200,000 For Life” Scratchers ticket.
Marlow, 67, bought his ticket at Casey’s, 2340 Highway 17, in Iberia. The store clerk confirmed he had won $1,000. The problem was, the clerk was wrong. Marlow actually held a $10,000 winning ticket, which he confirmed at Missouri Lottery headquarters on Dec. 23.
Marlow’s wife, Marilyn, had trouble believing her husband’s good fortune. Now she’s looking forward to a special gift.
“We’re going to get a good used car for her,” Marlow shared.
A retired veteran, Marlow and his wife moved to Iberia after his Army career to find a quiet place to live.
“I imagine everyone in town will know about this by the time we get home,” confided Marlow.
"$200,000 A Year For Life" is a $20 ticket that offers a top prize of $200,000 a year for life and a second prize of $50,000 a year for life. The game also features more than $23 million in prizes from $100 to $500.