2011-11-25 14:38:11.247

Lottery Prize Provides Liberty Man with 'Candy Cane Cash'

Story Photo The holiday season just got a little bit merrier for a Liberty man and his family, thanks to winning a $25,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket. Thomas Mundt, 61, said it was a quick lunch stop at Trex Mart, 3927 Fredrick Ave. in St. Joseph, that led him to the winning “Candy Cane Cash” ticket.
“I work as a claims adjuster, and I usually don’t have a lot of time for lunch,” Mundt began. “I grabbed a hot dog, soda and a Lottery ticket, and I went back to work. I usually buy a ticket about once a week.”
The father-of-three “went all day with it in my pocket,” unaware that he was in possession of Lottery ticket worth $25,000.
“I scratched it off at home, and I didn’t believe it,” he shared. “I showed my son, and he thought it was fake.”
Mundt decided to share the news with his wife while dining out that evening.
“I made a photocopy of the ticket, and after she got her meal, I set it on the table,” he recalled. “She was shocked. We could barely eat, and we definitely didn’t sleep much that night.”
With a 28th wedding anniversary occurring in the spring, Mundt said a portion of the prize money will be used to “take a nice vacation” with his wife.                 
In addition to traveling, Mundt plans to put whatever is left in the bank and toward eliminating a nagging bill.
“We have this one credit card that we’ve been working on paying off,” he added. “Some unexpected medical bills and car repairs came up over the summer, so it set us back from our goal of paying off the card. Now, we will be able to do it. It’s going to feel great!”
Mundt joked that before winning the $25,000 top prize, the most he’d won was $20 last week.
“I was excited about the $20 win, so this prize is out of the ballpark!”

Candy Cane Cash,”  a $2 ticket with a top prize of $25,000, officially began on Oct. 22. Players can enter non-winning “Candy Cane Cash” tickets into the “Cash Away, Cash Away, Cash Away All!” second-chance promotion for a chance to stuff their stockings with up to $15,000.

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