June 26, 2012
Oak Ridge Man Wins $100,000 Lottery Prize
An Oak Ridge man claimed a $100,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery “$100,000 Mega Fortune” Scratchers ticket. John Nix, 39, bought the winning ticket on June 15 at Perryville Motomart, 1300 S. Perryville Blvd., in Perryville. He uncovered the top prize in the parking lot.
“I scratched it once I got out to the truck. I always scratch the numbers off before I scratch the amounts off,” began Nix. “I thought I had a $20 or $25 winner.”
He said he “looked at it, and looked at it and looked at it again” before he realized that he had won much more.
“Therefore, I had to convince my wife that it wasn’t one of those fake tickets that are redeemable at her momma’s house or something like that,” joked Nix.
He traveled home to show the ticket to his wife, Angie, who instructed him to have it checked at a retail location. A store clerk told him that the ticket had to be redeemed at a Lottery office, and so he traveled to the St. Louis Lottery office on June 18 to claim the prize.
“I think it sunk in a little bit then that she had actually come into some cash,” recalled Nix.
Nix said they kept the ticket in the freezer during the weekend.
“We had to hide it from the heathen kids,” he teased, talking about his own children, ages 5 and 10.
He continued to joke while he talked about their plans for the money.
“The wife had it spent in about 45 minutes,” he said with a laugh.
They have a summer trip planned, are going to add on to their house and use the rest to pay down their mortgage.
“The thought of being mortgage-free by the time I’m 50 is awesome,” he said.
Nix was happy he “finally broke even,” and the regular player said he’ll continue to buy tickets, albeit less frequently.
“Keep playing,” he advised other players. “Stay after it.”
“$100,000 Mega Fortune
” is a $5 game that officially began May 26. More than $14 million in prizes, including seven top prizes, remain in the game.