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July 12, 2011

Moberly Couple Thrilled With $89,500 Prize

Story Photo audio icon Charlie Sagner often stops for Lottery tickets after getting off work. The city of Columbia employee said he’s motivated by larger jackpots and noted that the July 7 Show Me Cash jackpot was $179,000. So Sagner picked two sets of numbers and added a Quick Pick while at Fast Lane, 2116 Paris Road, in Columbia.
   
The next day, he stopped back in the store to cash a $2 winner he had from a previous drawing and decided to check his ticket.
   
“Then, I put that one in, and it said $89,500. I went, ‘Nah,’” recalled Sagner. “I checked it again.”
   
The Quick Pick on Sagner’s ticket was one of two to match all five winning numbers in the July 7 drawing. The other winning ticket was sold in St. Louis. The winning Show Me Cash numbers were:  2, 10, 21, 23 and 24.
   
After triple-checking his ticket, Sagner started home to Moberly. He called his wife, Teresa, from the car. Teresa was still working at an auto dealership in Columbia.
   
“I called her, and she called me a liar,” he said with a laugh.
 
"If you won that, then get back here and I’ll lock the office, and we’ll go to Jefferson City,” Teresa told him on the phone, not believing his story.
“He said, ‘All right. I’m turning around.’ I said, ‘Seriously? Seriously, you really did?’” she continued. 
   
When Charlie, 50, got to her location, Teresa, 48, checked the ticket on Molottery.com.

“I plugged it in, and it was like, ‘Oh! Wow!’ Then it really started sinking in,” she said.

Not believing their good fortune, the two said they pinched each other during the drive to Lottery headquarters to claim the prize. They said the windfall would be used to fund a little longer vacation this summer and be used as seed money to get their own business up and running. Teresa will run the business, and Charlie will get a new truck, but not a big one.    
   
“I’ve still got to commute,” said Charlie.
   
The couple, who described the experience as “awesome,” believes they’ll continue to play the Lottery.
   
“Just do it like I do,” instructed Charlie. “Do it when you want to and hopefully it comes up. You can’t win if you don’t play.”
   
Show Me Cash is a daily Draw Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins. For an extra dollar at the time of purchase, players can add EZ Match to their ticket and win prizes instantly.

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