A House Springs man claimed the first top prize on a Missouri Lottery “$1,000 A Week For Life” Scratchers ticket. Maxwell Weindel, 30, bought the winning ticket at Circle K, 100 Old Towne Dr. in Eureka, on Jan. 4.
“It’s the same gas station I stop at every morning,” began Weindel. “Wednesday, I saw that it was a new ticket. I bought a couple and won $24. So when I stopped by this morning, I was like, ‘Well, I’ll try it again.’ The first ticket off they pulled out was a $1,000 a week for life.”
He said he had to do a “double-check” when he scratched the ticket and uncovered the $1,000 a week for life prize. He then called his wife, Melissa, to share the news.
“I said, ‘Have you seen this new Scratcher yet?’ She said, ‘No, I haven’t,’” recalled Weindel.
“Well, I just won this,” he relayed, referring to the lifetime prize.
Weindel arranged to get off work early from his job at True Manufacturing, so that he could claim the prize at the St. Louis Lottery office. Winners have the option of taking an annuity, which pays $1,000 a week for life, or a lump sum of $760,000. The Weindels are taking the lump sum.
“We figure to take it right now, because we can help my parents and her parents,” he reasoned. “They’ve helped us out a lot, so it’ll be a quick way to return the favor.
“We’ll pretty much pay off all our bills and invest the rest,” he added. “And keep saving up and have an early retirement.”
Other plans may include a new truck. Weindel noted that his has more than 300,000 miles on it.
“$1,000 A Week For Life” is a $2 ticket that officially began Jan. 2. There are three new “life” games at the $1, $2 and $5 price point that feature annuitized top prizes that pay annually for the rest of the winner’s life. Weindel claimed the first top prize of three in this game. Two top prizes and more than $16 million in smaller prizes remain in the game. Track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket here at MOLottery.com.