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July 26, 2011

New Bloomfield Man Claims $106,500 Show Me Cash Jackpot

Story Photo audio icon A retired fiscal analyst for the state legislature used his skill with numbers to determine the winning Show Me Cash combination on July 16, bringing him a $106,500 prize. Wayne Blair of New Bloomfield has a method for picking numbers for his favorite Missouri Lottery game. The 64-year old said he used previous winning combinations to come up with the set of numbers that brought him riches.
   
“There are certain combinations that are drawn a lot,” suggested Blair. “And since something told me that this was a good number, I just continued to play it. I’ve been playing that number for six or seven months, and it hit.” 
   
Blair explained his method in more detail. He selected a single number that was drawn frequently, and then he located a combination including the number that was drawn more than once. Believing that combination to be “lucky,” he changed one number and then waited for the combination to come up again. The winning Show Me Cash combination on July 16 matched his own:  3, 18, 27, 31 and 39.
   
“I have some other numbers that are that way,” Blair offered. “I don’t know if they will ever hit it, but … I’m going to continue to play. It’s kind of like a hobby.”
   
Blair admitted that his good fortune was also based on “intuition” and luck.

“I just feel like this combination is lucky. I can’t explain it. It’s just luck,” he said.
   
Blair found out he was a winner by checking his numbers on Molottery.com.
   
“I got up Sunday morning and was thinking about going to church. I thought, ‘I better check my tickets,’” he began. “I checked my Powerball (tickets), and then I pulled up Show Me Cash. I immediately saw the first three numbers and I said, ‘Whoa! Well, I know I’ve got those. Please let the others be 31 and 39.’ I moved the arrow over and, man, talk about elated!” 
   
Blair then had some fun sharing the news with family. When his daughter got home, Blair said, “Help me here. Pull up the Lottery. I want you to check my tickets for me.”
   
“Oh, she cried, she was so happy. You would have had to see it. It’s an experience,” he added. “It’s a good one to have.”
     
Blair bought his winning ticket at Midway Liquor & Gas, 300 State Road AE, in New Bloomfield. This is the second Show Me Cash jackpot in a row to be split between two winning tickets. The other winning ticket was sold in Campbell and claimed by an Arkansas man. Each winner received half of the advertised jackpot of $213,000.
   
Show Me Cash is a daily Draw Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins. In the history of the game, which spans 150 jackpots awarded, only 11 have been split by two winning tickets. The largest Show Me Cash jackpot awarded, an $829,986 jackpot from Dec. 3, 2010, was shared by two co-workers in St. Louis.

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