A Sibley man started off 2012 as a machinist, and he ended the year as a millionaire, after claiming a top prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket on New Year’s Eve. Robert Beaver, 51, won on a “$750,000 Taxes Paid” game, which amounted to more than $1 million in prize money.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Beaver beamed, noting that he was working overtime to catch up on bills when he stopped for gasoline at Casey’s General Store, 200 E. Monroe St., in Buckner.
The father-of-two immediately called his wife from the store’s parking lot to share the news.
“She didn’t believe me,” he joked, adding that he and his wife Cindy will celebrate 34 years of marriage in February. After some convincing, the couple “broke down and almost cried” tears of joy.
The windfall will allow the Beavers to “pay everything off,” including their home mortgage, vehicles and student loans. With what’s left, they plan to make trust funds for their four grandchildren.
“What a way to end the year!” Beaver exclaimed, adding that he feels “overjoyed, excited and very happy.”
“$750,000 Taxes Paid,” a $10 ticket with a top prize of $750,000 taxes paid, officially started on May 26, 2012.