2011-08-19 15:00:47.987

Jefferson City Man Claims $10,000 'American Muscle' Prize

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Mark Balkenbusch headed into the Break Time at 326 Ellis Blvd. in Jefferson City to get a couple of hotdogs, but he left the store with much more – a Missouri Lottery “American Muscle” Scratchers ticket worth $10,000.

“If I hadn’t been sitting down, I would have fallen down,” Balkenbusch said of the moment he realized he was holding a winning ticket.  “I’ve seen $1,000 on a ticket before, but nothing this big.”

The Jefferson City resident said he plans to put his winnings in the bank.

“I’m just going to sit on it and supplement my income,” he said.

“American Muscle” is a $5 ticket that officially began May 28. More than $3.5 million in prizes remain unclaimed in the game.

In addition to offering a top prize of $75,000, players can also instantly win one of four muscle cars on the “American Muscle” ticket. Through Aug. 23, non-winning tickets are eligible for entry in the “Muscle Car Mania” second-chance promotion, which offers a chance to win a muscle car, a year’s worth of free gas or $500 in cash.

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