March 30, 2011
Expecting Great Things: Mexico Man Has $10,000 Day
A Mexico father-of-four had a day full of surprises on March 29. Not only did 34-year-old Michael Davis learn that he and his wife were expecting another child, but he also uncovered a $10,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery “$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza” Scratchers ticket.
The first-time Lottery winner said he rarely purchases Lottery tickets, but an unexpected telephone call from his wife left him “kind of flustered.”
“She had called me and said, ‘I might have some news; I’m pregnant!’” Davis beamed. “I was pulling in to get a soda, and the next thing I know, I just started buying Lottery tickets.”
The truck driver “wasn’t even thinking” when he asked the clerk at Abel’s Quik Shop, 413 W. 1st St. in New London, for $52 worth of tickets, but moments later, he was holding a $10,000 winner and a variety of other winning tickets, which totaled an additional $200 in prize money.
“I went back into the station and said, ‘Check this,’ to make sure I was right,” he recalled. “I said, ‘This has to be a misprint.”
After confirmation from the clerk, he “gave the lady (clerk) $100, and I said, ‘Here, dinner is on me tonight!’”
Davis, who had never met the clerk before that day, said he is grateful for her Scratchers selection skills.
“She said it was her second day on the job,” he noted. “She was the one who handed it (winning ticket) to me. She picked it out.”
When asked about what the Lottery prize means for the fifth-time father-to-be, he added that he’s still in “shock and awe.”
“It will help out great with the new baby coming along,” he said. “It’s been a great day!”
"$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza
," a $20 game with a top prize of $5 million, officially began on Jan. 23, 2010. To date, three top prizes, six $1 million prizes and thousands of prizes ranging from $20 to $20,000, remain in play.