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January 25, 2011

Marshall Man Plans To Share $20,000 Lottery Prize

Story Photo audio icon Kyle Kirchhoff of Marshall was doing other things when he won $20,000 playing the Missouri Lottery.  On the way to a family birthday party with his girlfriend on Jan. 23, Kirchhoff stopped to fuel up at Break Time, 120 Industrial Blvd., in Slater.  He purchased a $5 “Mega Bucks” Scratchers ticket that changed his life. 
   
“I was getting ready to leave and scratched it off,” began Kirchhoff.  “I saw $5,000, and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’”
   
Kirchhoff had been riding a streak of luck with smaller winners, including $25, $15 and $5 during the previous week.  This ticket revealed a $20,000 prize and generated some excitement. 
   
“Then my girlfriend in the car tells me she hates me,” he recalled. 
   
She was only kidding, but the “bad” luck continued. 
   
“I almost pulled out in front of a police officer,” said Kirchhoff.   “I almost cut him off, because I wasn’t paying that much attention.  I just figure since I hit a big one, my luck is done.” 
   
The 27-year-old landscaper presented his ticket for claim the following day at the Kansas City Lottery office.  He said the prize money might be used to launch his own lawn care company, and that he would share it with others. 
   
“My brother is a police officer, and he doesn’t make that much money, so I’m going to give some to him.  Give some to my sister, and some to my mom and dad,” said Kirchhoff.  “And then I’ve got some bills that I need to pay, too.”      

Kirchhoff admitted that work had been slow except for snow removal.  He said he might purchase some of his own equipment so that the win would continue to benefit him, and others, down the road. 
   
“Mega Bucks” is a $5 Scratchers game that officially began Sept. 26, 2009.  The ticket features a top prize of $100,000, but it is no longer being distributed since all of the top prizes have been claimed.  Players can track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at Molottery.com.

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