A Florissant man thought the traffic was moving well enough for him to stop for Missouri Lottery tickets after work on March 15. He was glad he did, because Steven Holder ended up with a $100,000 winning “$4,000,000 Cash Spectacular” Scratchers ticket.
“It was like, rush hour, and the traffic moved real smooth,” recalled Holder. “During that time of day, I couldn’t believe it, so I just went right to Dierbergs. I figured I would stop there and try to win a little money to throw back in the bank.”
He explained that he was really just hoping to uncover a 10 or 20 times the prize symbol on the ticket, but he ended up winning much more.
“I was trying just to hit a 10 times or a 20 times, like, $25 to win $500, and I hit a big ticket” he divulged. “I was freaking out.”
Holder, 56, uncovered the prize while relaxing at home.
“I was just kind of freaking out when the first $20,000 showed up on the bottom,” he reiterated. “I was like, ‘Oh, man, this is a big one.’ You never expect that to happen.”
Holder indicated he would take a “wait and see” approach toward spending the windfall.
“I’m not splurging at all,” he declared. “Not until everything financially is sound. I’ll help my mom out, and my family. Mostly, I’m going to hold back and see what the future brings after I get my associate’s degree. And I’ll get to pay off my student loan now early, which is kind of cool.”
He sticks to the plan, like only playing the Lottery on certain days of the week, although he admitted he broke pattern by stopping at Dierbergs, 222. N Highway 67 in Florissant, in the evening.
“Always make sure you’ve got your emergency funds in the bank for yourself in case something happens,” he counseled. “And just play what you can afford.”
“$4,000,000 Cash Spectacular” is a $20 game that officially began Aug. 11, 2012. The game features a top prize of $4 million, of which, two remain. More than $52 million in prizes remain in the game, which can be tracked for any Missouri Lottery game here on MOLottery.com.