November 7, 2011
Sweeter 16th Birthday in Store for Lottery Winner's Son
It was a typical afternoon for Joseph Williams of Greentop until he stopped at Shop ‘N Go, 202 E. Illinois St. in Kirksville, for a Missouri Lottery “Holiday Treasures” Scratchers ticket. While standing in the parking lot, the 38-year-old self-proclaimed “surprise man” received a surprise of his own when he uncovered a $5,000 prize.
“I was actually kind of in awe,” Williams admitted, noting with a laugh that he promptly “went back into the store and gloated a little bit, because I know the clerks in there.”
The father-of-four explained that he has a plan for sharing the news with his wife, who he’s anticipating will be “pretty thrilled.”
“I’m going to go cash it and put it all in $100 bills,” he began. “I’m going to set it on the kitchen counter, so when she gets home, it’s going to be right in her way in that envelope, and she’s going to push it to the side and see what’s in it.”
Eager to return home and set the plan in motion, he added that the prize came at an opportune time, because he and his wife “have been a little stressed out” about bills – more specifically, one looming bill.
“My boy is going to be 16,” Williams shared. “I picked him out a vehicle, and I’m going to go put the down payment down on it with part of it (prize money) and pay the insurance with a part of it. That saved us a ton of money.”
The first-time Lottery winner noted that the last time he “got a real good surprise” for his wife was when he proposed.
“She coaches basketball, and I went up to her practice and kneeled down in front of the whole team,” he said, adding that he also surprised his wife with an impromptu wedding ceremony at Walt Disney World and a new vehicle.
“This will be the first time I’ll be able to do it (surprise her) with actual cash instead of another piece of debt to have to pay for,” he joked. “So, this one might be a little better surprise than what she’s used to! It will alleviate some stress.”
“Holiday Treasures,” a $10 ticket with a top prize of $250,000, officially began on Oct. 22.