January 30, 2012
Poplar Bluff Woman Claims $48,500 Show Me Cash Jackpot
A Poplar Bluff woman’s dedication to buying a Missouri Lottery Lotto and Show Me Cash ticket once a week has paid off. Anna Amrhein bought one Quick Pick ticket for each game on Jan. 21. Her Show Me Cash ticket matched all five winning numbers that night to give her a share of the $97,000 jackpot - $48,500.
“I didn’t even know how much it (jackpot) was, I just bought one,” recalled Amrhein. “I usually get a Lotto, and then I’ll get a Show Me Cash, too.”
The Quick Pick ticket Amrhein bought at Huck’s Food Store, 703 Westwood Blvd. in Poplar Bluff, was one of two tickets to match all five winning numbers on Jan. 21. The winning Show Me Cash numbers were: 19, 23, 27, 35 and 39. The other winning ticket was sold in Raymore. Each store will receive a $500 bonus for selling a winning jackpot ticket.
Amrhein found out she was a winner after scanning her ticket on a Check-A-Ticket machine.
“I was in shock,” she explained. “I thought there must be a glitch in the machine, so I took it out and scanned it again. It said, ‘$48,500 winner. See Lottery.’ I thought, ‘This can’t be true!’”
Amrhein said she quickly left the store and drove to her daughter’s house, where her granddaughter helped her look up the numbers on Molottery.com.
“I’m still in shock,” she added.
Amrhein traveled to the St. Louis Lottery office on Jan. 24 to claim her prize and made a day out of it. She visited her son who lives in the area, and she was joined by her sister, Melissa. She said they were going to “the Olive Garden, and then we’re going shopping.”
The formerly-retired pharmacy technician said she would pay bills and “try to hold on to a little.” The 67-year-old is working part-time again to help ends meet. She said she would keep playing the Lottery.
“Don’t give up,” suggested Amrhein. “I really was doubtful, but it does happen.”
Show Me Cash
is a daily Draw Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins. This is the 179th jackpot awarded since the game began in 2008. For an extra $1 at the time of purchase, players can add EZ Match to a Show Me Cash ticket to win prizes instantly.