2011-01-31 16:37:51.19

Sturgeon Man's Friday Fuel Stop Ignites $5,000 Win

Story Photo audio icon A Sturgeon man had $5,000 reasons to celebrate over the weekend.  Jacob Petersheim, 56, said when he stopped for gas on Friday at Ed’s Quik Stop , 13101 N. Route B in Hallsville, a Missouri Lottery Scratchers game caught his eye.

“I decided to buy five Lottery tickets,” said Petersheim, referring to purchasing “Missouri Lottery’s 25th Anniversary Cruise” Scratchers games.

Minutes later, while he was sitting at his kitchen counter, he admitted thinking that all of his tickets would be non-winners.  He “couldn’t believe it” when he uncovered a $5,000 prize on the second ticket that he scratched off.

“I was at home by myself,” he recalled.  “My wife was working.  I had to tell somebody.  So, I called her, and I told her to give me a call.  I was pretty excited.”

When his wife of 25 years heard the news, she “couldn’t believe it either!” 

With a laugh, the father of five and grandfather of 24, recalled that he “had to go back and look” at his winning ticket numerous times to make sure he really had won a $5,000 prize.

It was a long and exciting weekend for the Fed Ex freight driver, who locked the ticket in his home safe until he was able to claim his prize at a Lottery office on Monday.  

As for plans for the windfall, Petersheim said he will “pay off some bills.” 

In terms of advice for fellow Lottery players, he said to “go with your gut instinct.”

“I had a very good feeling about it,” he added.   “But, I didn’t expect to win that much!”

"Missouri Lottery’s 25th Anniversary Cruise," a $5 ticket with top prizes of $75,000 or a 7-night Royal Caribbean International Cruise vacation, officially began on Jan 22. 

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