October 27, 2011
Lottery Winner Using Prize Money to Make Mortgage Disappear
A Ste. Genevieve man is about to make his last home mortgage payment, thanks to winning a top prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket. Bobby Jo “B.J.” Rodgers, 60, says it will “feel really good” when he writes the final check to the bank.
The father-of-two and grandfather-of-six thought the win was too good to be true when he scratched off a $100,000 prize on a “$100,000 Payday Bonus” ticket that he purchased at Discount Cigarettes 101, 905 E. Karsch Blvd., in Farmington.
“I didn’t believe I’d ever hit any money like that!” exclaimed Rodgers, noting that he asked his brother to also look at the ticket to confirm his eyes weren’t deceiving him.
Rodgers, who has worked as a heavy equipment operator for Crown Farms for more than 23 years, called one of his long-time co-workers to share the news.
“I told one guy, and everybody else knew it the next morning,” he recalled with a laugh.
In addition to becoming “debt free,” Rodgers plans to purchase a truck and add to his savings.
“What’s leftover, I’m just going to leave in the bank,” he declared.
“$100,000 Payday Bonus,
” a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000, officially began on July 2.