September 29, 2011
Columbia Man Wins $43,333 Playing Show Me Cash
Terry Patterson of Columbia parlayed good luck into good fortune. When the 51-year-old won a little money playing Missouri Lottery Scratchers, he decided to play a few of his favorite combinations on Show Me Cash. Terry was one of three players to match all five winning numbers in the Sept. 27 drawing, garnering him a third of the jackpot amount - $43,333.
“I bought a $1 Scratchers (ticket) and a $1 Show Me Cash (ticket). I ended up winning $10 on the scratcher and decided to play numbers that I occasionally play,” began Patterson. “One of them hit.”
The winning combination for the Sept. 27 drawing was a popular one: 2, 5, 7, 9 and 11. Two other players matched all five winning numbers, so the $130,000 jackpot was divided three ways. Additionally, 60 players won $250 by matching four of five numbers, and more than 1,300 players won $10 by matching three of five numbers. Patterson wasn’t upset about sharing the jackpot.
“I’m so far ahead of where I was yesterday,” he explained. “I don’t have time or cause to be petty about it.”
Patterson said he came up with the winning combination by checking the most frequent numbers on Molottery.com.
“I was sitting at the computer in the library one day, looking at the most frequent numbers. I put them all together and started playing them on a regular basis,” he said.
He found out he was a winner when the winning numbers text alert arrived on his phone.
“I was eating dinner last night when my cell phone beeped with the results,” he recalled. “And I didn’t even have to check the tickets, because I knew those numbers by heart. I was like, ‘Oh, I won!’”
He later returned to the store where he bought the winning ticket, Hitt Mini Mart, 111 Hitt Street in Columbia, and learned about the other winners. Ironically, his mother was one of the lucky players to match four numbers in that drawing.
“I called my mom and said, ‘Hey, $43,000 isn’t bad for being lucky,’” he stated. “She goes, ‘Well, I won $250 on it, too.’”
Patterson said that he would use the windfall to pay some “financial obligations” and “upgrade his living arrangements.”
“I’ll probably also end up with a very nice big-screen TV,” he said with a smile.
When asked if he would keep playing Show Me Cash, Patterson was certain.
“Will I keep breathing?” he joked.
“Show Me Cash
” is a daily Draw Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins. This is the 159th jackpot awarded in the history of the game and the first to be split between three winners. The other two winning tickets were sold in St. Louis and Tarkio. Thirteen Show Me Cash jackpots have been split between two winning tickets.