2011-01-24 11:46:20.67

University City Man Claims First $30,000 Top Prize

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A University City man is the first to claim a $30,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery “Money Tripler” Scratchers ticket.  Timothy Church, 23, purchased his winning ticket from a vending machine at Schnucks Market, 6920 Olive Blvd., in St. Louis.

“I was just getting groceries, and I usually don’t leave without at least getting one ticket,” he shared of his decision to purchase Scratchers tickets two days ago.  “I just threw in $10 and randomly punched a couple.”

Luck was definitely on Church’s side, though he wouldn’t know it immediately.

“I took it home, and I actually had the ticket in my pocket for two hours before I scratched it,” he laughed.

At first, he thought he’d won $300, but when he checked it again later, he “realized there were some zeros and a comma on there.”

According to Church, it’s not the first time he has experienced good fortune on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket purchased at Schnucks.  The fence builder said he won $100 on a ticket he purchased at the very same machine about a week ago.

When asked what he planned to do with his Lottery winnings, Church did not hesitate to answer.

“I’m a skydiver,” he said.  “So I’ll have a new parachute and a new truck.”

 “Money Tripler” is a $2 game which officially started Jan. 22.  Eight top prizes of $30,000, as well as thousands of prizes between $2 and $10,000, remain in play.  Details about remaining prizes for all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games can be found at Molottery.com. 

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