September 27, 2011
Moberly Man Wins $25,000 At Higbee VFW
Jerry Dunkin of Moberly generally buys a few Missouri Lottery tickets whenever he gets the chance. A Sunday errand for his brother took him to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Higbee, where he purchased a Scratchers ticket worth $25,000.
“It’s kind of funny the way it happened,” began Dunkin. “My brother sold a building to the VFW. We went down there and were unloading the building. I decided that I was thirsty, and so I went in and got a Coke and two scratch-off tickets.”
Dunkin, 62, won $2 on those tickets. After finishing the work, he went back in and used the $6 in his pocket to buy four “Aces & 8’s” tickets.
“The third one I scratched was $25,000,” he finished with a laugh.
This represents the largest win for the regular player, although he has won $1,000 on Scratchers tickets before and $3,125 playing Pick 4 about three years ago. He stopped for gas on the way to claim his prize in Jefferson City on Sept. 26 and won $100 on a ticket he bought in Ashland. There was no question about how the retired press operator and his wife, Rita, would use this windfall.
“We’ve got some kids in Alabama, and we’ve been aiming to go down there. We haven’t seen them in three years, so we’re going to take a trip to Alabama to see the kids and grandkids,” Dunkin declared.
He also suggested the money would help fund leisure activities.
“Summertime is fishing time for everyone else. This is my fishing time,” he said.
The Dunkins were satisfied that the win was reward for staying in the game and demonstrated their commitment by purchasing a few more Lottery tickets.
“You can’t win if you don’t play,” stated Dunkin.
“Aces & 8’s
” is a $2 game that officially began July 2, 2011. Dunkin won the top prize on the ticket he purchased at the VFW, 202 N. Randolph St., in Higbee. Four top prizes of $25,000 remain unclaimed in the game.