A medical supply salesman from Springfield plans to pay off his two grown children’s college loans after he won $261,000 playing the Missouri Lottery’s Show Me Cash game on Sept. 18. Lawrence Bechtel, 58, purchased his winning ticket at Harter House, 1550 E. Republic Road, in Springfield.
Bechtel said he has won $250 in the Show Me Cash game in the past, but never this much.
“I was shaking so badly, I thought I better get to the Lottery office,” he said, when he checked his numbers. “My wife thought it was a cruel joke.”
Bechtel let the computer’s Quick Pick function randomly select his lucky numbers. They were: 1, 2, 4, 12 and 33.
Show Me Cash offers a rolling jackpot starting at $50,000, which increases by at least $5,000 at each drawing. Bechtel was the 156th Show Me Cash jackpot winner since the game began in 2008.