January 25, 2012
Columbia Couple Plan to 'Pay it Forward' with Prize
It is not unusual for lottery players to fantasize about what they’d do with their winnings. It is less common for winners to say they’d simply give the money away. However, a Columbia couple is saying precisely that. Nancy Mathison, who uncovered a $20,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery “$200,000 A Year For Life” Scratchers ticket, declared that she and fiancé, Eric Renzelmann, would be giving the entire check to their boss.
While claiming the prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City, Mathison and Renzelmann, devoted employees at a Fulton production plant, said they planned on handing over their prize money to ensure job security.
“My boss is kind of struggling right now with our jobs, and I’m going to actually give it to him,” Mathison explained.
Renzelmann added that the gift will help “keep the doors open,” so he, Mathison and fellow co-workers can retain their employment.
The holidays might be over, but for Mathison and Renzelmann, the spirit of giving is still alive.
Mathison purchased the winning ticket at Break Time, 6050 Highway AB, in Columbia.
“$200,000 A Year For Life
,” a $20 game with a top prize of $200,000 a year for life and a second prize of $50,000 a year for life, officially began on Aug. 28, 2010.