April 15, 2011
Auxvasse Man Wins $10,000 Lottery Prize
Walter Johnson Jr. is breathing a little easier after winning $10,000 on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket. The 38-year-old Auxvasse resident was shopping at Hickman’s IGA, 500 W. Jackson St. in Mexico, when he decided to buy a “$200,000 A Year For Life” Scratchers ticket.
“To me, the more expensive tickets have a little better payout,” said Johnson.
Johnson uncovered the $10,000 prize at the store on April 9. He shared high-fives with some friends who were with him, but didn’t otherwise get too excited. Knowing that the Lottery office was closed on the weekend, he patiently waited until April 12 to claim the ticket.
“I kept it with me,” Johnson explained. “It’s kind of nerve-wracking having a ticket like that, carrying it around.”
Johnson is staying grounded about the win. He told co-workers at Spartan Light Metals in Mexico that it “just kind of fell in my lap.” He mentioned that the earthquake in Japan had impacted the supply chain for his company, so he’s also being sensible about how to spend the money.
“The economy is still shaky,” he offered. “I’m going to pay some bills and put a little bit back in the bank.”
Johnson added that “nothing like that has happened to me before,” but admitted that he would try again. He believes more chances could lead to a top prize.
“It would be nice,” he suggested.
“$200,000 A Year For Life
” is a $20 game that officially began Aug. 28, 2010. The top two prizes on the ticket, $200,000 and $50,000, are payable every year for the rest of the winner’s life, or winners can opt for a pre-determined amount in a lump sum. To date, two top prizes and four second prizes are yet unclaimed. Players can track prizes for this and every Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at Molottery.com.