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March 9, 2012

La Monte Man Claims $145,002 Show Me Cash Prize

Story Photo audio icon A self-employed businessman from La Monte is the latest Missouri Lottery Show Me Cash jackpot winner. George Rich, 35, matched all five winning Show Me Cash numbers in the March 6 drawing to win a $145,002 prize. He used Quick Pick to pick the winning numbers:  1, 13, 17, 31 and 39.
     
“This was a Quick Pick. I pulled in to get gas and got a ticket,” recalled Rich. “That’s just lucky, right there.”
   
Rich bought the ticket at Gibson General Store, 12416 State Route 7, in Lake Lotawana. He realized he was a winner while checking his tickets at a local store the next day. When Rich scanned the ticket and saw the $145,002 prize, he quickly stepped out and called his wife.
   
“My wife said, ‘Check it one more time to make sure.’ I checked it again and that’s what popped up; winner. It still hasn’t sunk in, you know?”
   
This is the first big win for the regular Lottery player. Rich said he plays all of the games and frequently adds EZ Match to his Show Me Cash tickets. EZ Match added $2 to his total win. He plans to bank a large portion of the prize.
   
“I’ll probably pay my house off and maybe do a little traveling – a short vacation or something,” he offered. 
   
Rich said he’ll continue to play his own numbers along with more Quick Picks.
   
“I bought another one already!” he declared. “Sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t. Just play. If you don’t play, you can’t win.”
   
Show Me Cash” is a daily Draw Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins. Rich is the 189th jackpot winner in the game since it began in September 2008. Players can add EZ Match to a Show Me Cash ticket at the time of purchase for the chance to win prizes instantly.

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