2011-03-21 14:22:07.003

Archie Man Claims $138,000 Show Me Cash Jackpot

Story Photo audio icon William Hoffman likes the odds of the Missouri Lottery’s Show Me Cash game. The resident of Archie figured he had a better chance of winning the state jackpot game than a multi-lottery game like Powerball, and his gamble paid off. An extra ticket he purchased for the March 12 Show Me Cash drawing turned out to be the $138,000 jackpot winning ticket.
“I had just got off work and stopped in the local store, like I always do,” began Hoffman. “It (Show Me Cash jackpot) was up high, so I bought five Quick Picks.”
Hoffman, 50, explained that he plays a set of his own numbers every day, but he buys extra Quick Pick tickets whenever the jackpot gets high. That extra purchase from Quik Break C-Store, 502 S.W. Outer Road in Archie, made Hoffman the 130th jackpot winner in the history of the game.
“It was unbelievable,” recalled Hoffman, regarding finding out about the win. “I couldn’t believe it. I had to get the numbers printed out and then took them home to verify myself.”
He almost missed discovering his win at all. Hoffman was “busy” while checking his numbers at the “Check A Ticket” machine in the store. He scanned his ticket and then stuck it back in his pocket, but perked up when the next lady asked, “Who won $138,000?” He quickly scanned his ticket a few more times before realizing it was him. From there, his sister Kathy took over the celebration. She screamed and began calling friends and family while Hoffman remained calm.
As for plans for the windfall, Hoffman was unsure.
“Buy a new car, I don’t know yet,” he said. “Take care of some bills, I guess, finish the basement ... I’ll hang on to it and use it as needed.”
Will he continue to play the Lottery?
“You bet,” said Hoffman. “I’m going to win it again.”
He said he’ll continue buying his regular Show Me Cash tickets, and he’ll continue with his strategy of buying extra Quick Picks when the jackpot gets high. He also offered this advice for other Lottery players. 
“Try Show Me Cash. Better odds.”  
Show Me Cash is a daily Numbers Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins. The odds of winning a jackpot are 1 in 575,757. The winning numbers for the March 12 Show Me Cash drawing were:  4, 10, 18, 35 and 38.

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