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May 20, 2011

Lottery Win Provides Sugar Creek Man with Financial Freedom

Story Photo audio icon What would you do if you won $50,000 a year for the rest of your life? One Sugar Creek man was left to ponder that question the moment he uncovered the prize on a Missouri Lottery “$200,000 A Year For Life” Scratchers ticket on May 13. Fifty-nine-year-old Melvin Purdy, who has been a truck driver for more than 32 years, said the windfall will allow him to finally “take time and find a job close to home.”

In addition to a career change, the father-of-five also plans to “spend more time with grandkids.” 

“It will help me out a lot,” he shared, adding over laughter that he kept telling his family that “one of these days,” he was going to hit the Lottery.

“I finally did it!” he exclaimed.

Purdy purchased the winning ticket at QuikTrip, 11201 E. Truman Road, in Independence.

$200,000 A Year For Life,” a $20 game with a top prize of $200,000 a year for life and a second prize of $50,000 a year for life, officially began on Aug. 28, 2010. Purdy’s prize of $50,000 a year for life (guaranteed for 20 years to equal $1 million), makes him the 318th Missouri Lottery-made millionaire.

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