2011-02-24 12:30:25.72

Sturgeon Man Picks Up $5,000 Lottery Prize On The Way Home

Story Photo audio icon Robert Hawkins of Sturgeon has a routine that resulted in a $5,000 Lottery prize. He frequently stops at Ed’s Quik Stop in Hallsville on his way home from work at the University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The pharmacy technician said he always includes Missouri Lottery tickets with his purchases. On Feb. 16, Hawkins had some winning tickets to cash in and decided to trade up.
“I won $50 on it, so I decided I’d go back and trade them in,” began Hawkins. “I got another $20 worth of tickets and put a little bit in my pocket and then hit that $5,000. If I hadn’t hit that $50, I would have never got this $5,000.”  
Hawkins scratched the “Missouri Lottery’s Silver Anniversary” ticket in his car and immediately knew what to do. While this prize is his largest yet, he has won prizes of $1,000 in the past. Despite his experience, Hawkins still felt the shock of winning. 
“I had to look at it two or three times just to make sure that it was actually a winner,” he said.  “And then you get the real excited, shaky feeling.” 
Hawkins went back into Ed’s Quik Stop, 13101 N. Route B in Hallsville, to show the owners.  Then he traveled home to tell his wife, Samantha. 
“When she got home, I told her, ‘I guess I’m going to Jeff City tomorrow.’ She said, ‘What did you win this time?’   
“You can’t win if you don’t play,” Hawkins continued. “My car is a mess with that silver (latex), but it’s a good mess.” 
Hawkins, 47, said he was thinking about a new car before the win, so the windfall would enable him to shop for “a little better car.” 
As to the secret to his success, Hawkins said, “It’s no secret. I just go in and buy what I feel.  I’m not loyal to any one game. Every now and then, if I hit a little, I’ll trade in.” 
“Missouri Lottery’s Silver Anniversary” is a $10 game that officially began Jan. 22. Players can win up to $250,000 instantly, and non-winning tickets are eligible for the “Silver Anniversary” second-chance promotion. In drawings every month during the Lottery’s anniversary year, 25 winners will be selected from the entries that month to win $1,000 and will advance to a grand-prize drawing for $1 million.

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