March 15, 2012
21-Year-Old College Student Collects $250,000 Prize
While a lot of college students are saving their pennies, 21-year-old Andrew Gilliland of Chesterfield is thinking about how he’s going to spend his newfound wealth. The first-time Missouri Lottery winner uncovered a $250,000 top prize on a “Silver Anniversary” Scratchers ticket in early March.
“I stopped for gas and bought a ticket,” recalled Gilliland, adding that he bought the winning “Silver Anniversary” ticket at Circle K, 14804 Clayton Road, in St. Louis. “I didn’t scratch it off until I got home. I was up all night!”
After the sophomore business student considered the different ways to invest his winnings, he settled on two main plans that involved his vehicle and his future.
“I’m going to use some of the money to fix up my car,” he began. “I’m not going to buy a new one, because I like the one I have. I’ll use the rest to help pay for college.”
Gilliland, who will celebrate his birthday in April, joked that winning the Lottery was “the best birthday present ever.”
“It will definitely help out,” he concluded with a laugh.
” is a $10 game with a top prize of $250,000 that began on Jan. 22, 2011.