April 10, 2013
Columbia Fisherman Catches $100,000 Lottery Prize
A shopping trip for a new fishing pole began with a bang, as a Columbia man hooked a $100,000 Missouri Lottery prize while en route to a local store last Friday. Ricky Stinocher admitted that he doesn’t “play the $10 ones very often,” but a decision to change his routine while at Break Time, 900 Conley Road in Columbia, put a smile on his face and extra cash in his bank account.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Stinocher beamed, referring to the moment he uncovered a second-tier prize on a $10 “$1,000,000 Classic Cash” Scratchers ticket. “I was afraid to leave my car to (go into) Walmart, because somebody could break in.”
It was early evening when he returned home to secure his winning ticket in a safety deposit box, where it stayed until Lottery offices reopened on Monday morning.
“It was a long weekend of sitting and waiting and thinking,” he recounted during an interview at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City.
As for plans for the windfall, he teased that since he’s “getting up there,” he’ll put the majority of the windfall into a Roth IRA.
Stinocher, who turns 57 later this month, added that the unexpected Lottery win tops his list of “best birthday gifts” ever received.
“$1,000,000 Classic Cash,” a $10 game with a top prize of $1 million, officially started on Jan. 2. To date, three top prizes, 12 $100,000 prizes and thousands of prizes ranging from $10 to $10,000, remain in play.