It’s been a year in the making, but the $1 million grand-prize winner of the Missouri Lottery’s “Silver Anniversary” promotion has finally been crowned. Fifty-nine-year-old Larry Hall of Lee’s Summit is now envied by a bevy of fellow Lottery enthusiasts. Each month since last January, players have been able to submit non-winning “Silver Anniversary” Scratchers tickets into a monthly drawing to win $1,000 and be qualified to be an entrant into the grand-prize drawing for $1 million on Jan. 20.
The retired lineman and father-of-three learned that he had won the grand prize the day of the last drawing.
“My son called me about 3:30 p.m., and I thought he was joking around with me,” Hall recalled, noting that when his son informed him that he had won the grand prize, he “got kind of mad,” and told him that his joke was “not funny.”
Semi-convinced by his son’s persistent pleas to check the nearest computer to “see for yourself,” Hall pulled up the Missouri Lottery’s website at his daughter’s house and was “in shock” to see his name listed as the newest Missouri Lottery-made millionaire.
The self-proclaimed “faithful player” said the prize is “life-changing.”
In addition to plans to “help out my kids,” Hall is going to make a long-term hope a reality. The hunting aficionado intends to purchase land for a “hunting retreat.”
“It’s a dream I’ve had for 30 years, and now it’s going to come true,” Hall reflected, adding that the windfall will “help out tremendously.”
Hall purchased the “Silver Anniversary” ticket that was drawn in the grand-prize drawing at QuikTrip, 1001 S.W. Blue Parkway, in Lee’s Summit.
“Silver Anniversary,” a $10 game with a top prize of $250,000, officially started on Jan. 22, 2011.