2011-10-11 13:06:12.757

Sparta Man Wins $20,000 Lottery Prize

Story Photo audio icon Blake Muilenburg of Sparta generally buys a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket with his dad every morning. The two work together and buy tickets with their morning coffee and soda. Muilenburg, 24, was in Warrensburg on Oct. 5 and purchased a ticket on his own that revealed a $20,000 prize.
“We went into the gas station, just like we do every morning to get something to drink, and I bought a Lottery ticket,” said Muilenburg . “My dad usually buys one, but he didn’t buy one that day. I ended up buying it, and it was a $20,000 ticket.
“I had to check it four or five times to make sure my number matched with the other number. It kind of made me shake a little bit, and then you calm down after a little while. It’s just exciting,” he added. 
There were no hard feelings from his dad or uncle, who owns the construction company where Muilenburg works. There was some disbelief.
“I scratched it off as soon as I got in the truck,” he recalled. “I told him (dad), ‘I won $20,000!’ He said, ‘No you didn’t.’ I showed him the ticket. He was happy I won.” 
Muilenburg said he would try to save the windfall, although he was considering entering a poker tournament. He said the money would help fund a couple of vacations, since he likes to travel. Trips to Alaska and Las Vegas could be in the works.
This is the first big win for Muilenburg, who mainly plays Scratchers.
“I usually play the Powerball when it gets up pretty high,” he explained. “But other than that, I mostly play Scratchers.”
It’s a safe bet he’ll be playing again. Muilenburg said he’s been playing “ever since I was 18.”
“You can’t win if you don’t play,” he suggested. “It’s exciting, and that’s why everybody plays the game.”
Muilenburg bought his winning ticket at Gas Mart USA, 250 E. Cooper Ave., in Warrensburg.
$100,000 Payday Bonus” is a $5 game that officially began July 2. The game features a top prize of $100,000 and is the first Scratchers game in Missouri to have play areas on the front and back of the ticket. Learn more and track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at Molottery.com.

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