May 7, 2012
Elsberry Man Wins Lottery Again
Ronald Cordsiemon Sr. enjoys playing the Missouri Lottery, probably because he wins regularly. So far this year, Cordsiemon won $100,000 on a Scratchers game, $610 playing Lotto, and his latest prize – a $20,000 windfall on a “Silver Anniversary” Scratchers ticket.
Cordsiemon made news back in January, when he won $100,000 following his son’s discovery of a $50,000 top prize on Christmas Day. His son only plays once a year, but Cordsiemon enjoys playing “every day.”
“I’ve been quite lucky,” admitted Cordsiemon. “I play most every ticket in the case.”
He was feeling lucky when he picked out the winning ticket at his favorite store – Casey’s General Store, 110 N. Main St., in Elsberry.
“It was the last ticket on the roll, number 59,” he recalled.
Cordsiemon said he followed routine and took the ticket home to scratch, while he sat on his couch. Uncovering the numbers with his pocket knife, he saw that they were all winners.
“So I scratched off the prize last, and it was $1,000 below each one of them,” he concluded.
He immediately called his wife, Jo Ann, who did not believe him.
“She’s used to me lying to her, so I told her I would bring the ticket down and show it to her,” he said with a laugh.
Following that, he wasted no time driving to the St. Louis Lottery office to claim his prize.
Cordsiemon attributes his good fortune to playing the game.
“Play the winners,” he said. “Just buy until you hit it. You can’t win if you don’t play.”
He follows his own advice and expects to win again.
“I’ve still got some more to go!” he exclaimed with a grin.
” is a $10 game that officially began Jan. 22, 2011. The game features a top prize of $250,000. More than $11 million in prizes, including two top prizes, remain in the game.