January 10, 2011
307th Missouri Lottery-made Millionaire Can See 'Easy Street'
A Hannibal man said his $1 million Missouri Lottery prize hasn’t put him on “easy street,” but he can see it from where he’s currently standing. Richard Ferzely, a 57-year-old railroad conductor, admitted that he almost didn’t buy the Lottery ticket that made him an instant millionaire.
“I bought one,” Ferzely began, noting that the first “$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza” Scratchers ticket that he purchased was a non-winner. “So, I decided to buy one more.”
Ferzely was standing at the checkout counter inside of Ayerco, 304 Highway 61 S. in Hannibal, when he uncovered $1 million prize amount on the second ticket.
“I about had a coronary!” he exclaimed.
He didn’t even finish scratching off the ticket, when he decided to take the half-scratched game to his wife’s workplace to “let her scratch the rest of them off.”
“I thought it was a joke or something,” recalled Connie, his wife of 28 years. “I was in shock!”
In a daze, Ferzely sat down at his wife’s office to “kind of calm down a little bit” before driving to his home to fill out a Lottery claim form.
The Lottery enthusiast “always had a feeling” that he’d win a large prize one day, but he didn’t know when it would happen.
“I’m just glad it finally hit!” he shared.
While claiming the $1 million prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City on Dec. 28, he noted that the windfall had taken a “load off my shoulders.”
Ferzely elected to forgo the annuity option and receive the prize in one lump-sum payment – earning him a $620,000 payday before taxes were withheld.
"$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza," a $20 game with a top prize of $5 million and a second prize of $1 million, officially began on Jan. 23, 2010. To date, three top prizes and six second prizes are still unclaimed. To learn more about any of the Lottery’s games or promotions, visit Molottery.com.