A Fulton man might not be headed to Disney World® after winning the Missouri Lottery, but he did make a trip to Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City to collect a $50,000 prize. John Cox said he was “dumbfounded, elated, thrilled (and) any and all of the above” after realizing he’d won a top prize on a “Bonus Word Crossword” Scratchers ticket two days after his 67th birthday.
“I was still in an initial state of shock,” Cox recalled, referring to the moment he realized he was $50,000 richer. “I could not believe it. I’ve been playing ‘Crossword’ since they first came out. I got lucky!”
When asked about plans for the windfall, he had a few ideas.
“The sensible thing to do is to pay off some bills, and I think I’ll pay off my vehicle,” he shared, explaining that the rest of his winnings will go in the bank.
Cox, who’s won a $1,000 Lottery prize and several smaller prizes in the past, noted that his recent win is “the biggest one I’ve ever come across.”
As for what the windfall will mean for the full-time cook, he said, “I can breathe a little easier and relax.”
“I’m sure there are a lot of people who’d like to be in my boat right now,” he reflected. “I still can’t believe this happened to me.”
“Bonus Word Crossword” is a $3 ticket that officially started on Aug. 27.
Cox purchased his winning ticket at Fastlane 64, 540 Amerihorst Dr., in Fulton.