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October 24, 2011

'Mega' Money: Columbia Man Turns $2 Purchase into $250,000 Prize

Story Photo audio icon Andrew Schroeder of Columbia is “still in shock” about his $250,000 win on Mega Millions. The 27-year-old United States postal worker decided to try his luck on the game, which before the Oct. 14 drawing, he had never played. The $2 Quick Pick ticket he purchased at Everyday Convenience Store, 6751 Highway 40 W. in Columbia, made him a quarter of a million dollars richer. 
           
“He (the retailer) scanned it and said, ‘Oh, my, you won!’” recalled Schroeder, noting the store clerk said he wasn’t sure how much the ticket was worth.
“I thought I won $600 or $1,000.”
           
After requesting a print-out of the ticket information, the first-time Lottery winner walked outside to the parking lot.
           
“I got in the car, and I realized that all five balls were it,” said Schroeder. “On the printout, it said $250,000. I was screaming!”
           
As for plans for the prize money, Schroeder said his “dad wants a Harley, and the rest is up to me.”
           
“I’m getting a new pair of shoes and probably a cruise,” he explained.
           
In addition to those plans, he smiled and declared that he’s also “going to Disneyland!”
           
“I’m ecstatic,” he continued. “I’m happy. I’m overjoyed!”
           
Schroeder used Quick Pick to match all five white-ball numbers in the Oct. 14 Mega Millions drawing. The winning numbers were:  13, 35, 42, 45 and 54.
Mega Millions is a multi-lottery Draw Game with jackpots that start at $12 million. Drawings are held at 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday nights.

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