Arthur Tyree of Grover cooked up a $100,000 prize while grocery shopping in early January. He said it was one of his grandchildren’s requests that led him to Schnucks Market, 16580 Manchester Road in St. Louis, where he bought a winning Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.
“He (grandson) wanted some spaghetti, and then I had to get him some turkey for his lunch for school,” Tyree explained. “So, when I was there, I decided to play.”
Tyree, who’s won $100 on a “Black Pearls” ticket in the past, tried his luck again. This time, he fared better, walking away with a top prize.
“At first, I thought it was $5,” he chuckled. “And then I found out I had every number on the card.”
The windfall will help the fishing aficionado take extra trips to his alma mater in Detroit, where he retired from Stroh Brewing Company before moving to Missouri to be closer to family.
“Here all you catch is catfish and bass,” Tyree said. “I like walleye and perch.”
In addition to putting extra lures in his tackle box and miles on his car this spring and heading to Lake Michigan, he’s going to use the winnings to become debt-free.
“The rest I will put in the bank,” he beamed.
As for advice for fellow players, he doesn’t know any secrets to Lottery success.
“You just have to hit at the right spot at the right time,” he concluded.
“Black Pearls” is a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000.