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March 16, 2012

Missouri Lottery-Made Millionaire Wins Again

Story Photo audio icon “Lucky” just might be Richard Ferzely’s middle name. The 58-year-old Hannibal man won $1 million on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket last year, and he was back at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City in March claiming another prize; this time for $10,000.
           
“It was a welcome sight,” said Ferzely, reminiscing about his most recent win. “The clerk that sold it to me was more excited than I was. Same way with the clerk before. She about dropped to the floor, too.”
           
Ferzely purchased both his winning $1 million “$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza” and $10,000 “Red Hot and Wild 7’s” Scratchers tickets from the same store, Ayerco, 304 Highway 61 S., in Hannibal.
           
“The last one, we fixed up the upstairs,” he noted, referring to using the $1 million windfall to make home improvements. He plans to use the $10,000 prize to “start working on the downstairs.”
           
“At least I don’t have to pay off a whole bunch of bills,” he shared. “We took care of that the last time.”
           
On top of making life for him and his wife, Connie, “a lot easier,” his $1 million prize also allowed the railroad conductor to retire.
           
“I went from working 24 hours a day, never knowing when I’m going to work, to going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time,” he added, while breathing a sigh of relief. “It was a godsend. Right now, it’s kind of nice to kick back and take it easy.”
           
The repeat winner will celebrate 30 years of marriage in June, so he and his wife might also use some of the prize money to take a special trip to commemorate the occasion.
           
“The good lord has blessed me with some luck in the last couple of years,” he said. “It never was that good, but all of a sudden it’s changed. I’ll ride it for as long as it will go!”
           
As for advice for fellow Lottery players, the self-proclaimed “luckiest man in town” says people should “keep plugging.”
           
“That’s all I can tell people,” he chuckled. “You can’t win, if you don’t play.”
          
Red Hot and Wild 7’s,” a $5 game with a top prize of $77,000, officially started on Sept. 17, 2011.

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