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January 12, 2011

Illinois Man Claims $775,000 Show Me Cash Jackpot

A man from Caseyville, Ill., has stepped forward to claim the second-largest winning Show Me Cash jackpot - a $775,000 prize from the Dec. 29, 2010, drawing.  John Wielgus, 55, purchased the winning ticket at Metropolitan Newstands, 211 N. Broadway, in St. Louis.  He bought $5 worth of tickets for that drawing, two sets of numbers he picked himself, and three sets that were Quick Pick.  It was a Quick Pick combination that matched all five winning numbers:  11, 17, 19, 27 and 39. 
   
“Ever since they took away our 401K, I’ve been spending that money on Show Me Cash tickets,” Wielgus joked. 
   
When asked if he would continue to play the Lottery while claiming his prize at the St. Louis Lottery office on Jan. 6, Wielgus was uncertain.  He said he visited a casino following the win, and it “just didn’t seem like any fun.” 
   
“Maybe I’ll step up to Powerball,” he continued. 
   
This is the first large Lottery prize for Wielgus, but he recalled another big win. 
   
“I hit a huge prize in 1978 when my wife agreed to marry me,” he said. 
   
He added that the windfall will allow him to retire early. 
   
Metropolitan Newstands will receive a bonus equal to 1 percent of the jackpot, $7,750, for selling the winning ticket. 

Show Me Cash is a daily Numbers Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins.  This is the 119th and second-largest jackpot awarded in the game since it began in September 2008.  The largest jackpot – $829,986 won on Dec. 3, 2010 - was split by two Ameren linemen from St. Louis.

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