A Grain Valley man’s dedication to playing the Missouri Lottery paid off with a $69,000 Show Me Cash jackpot. Andrew Zawisza, 50, said that he regularly plays the game because it features better odds of winning, and he validated that strategy with the winning Quick Pick ticket for the May 2 drawing.
Zawisza bought the ticket Patricia’s Foods, 201 S.W. Eagles Parkway, in Grain Valley. He returned to that location the day after the drawing, as he normally does, to check his tickets and buy more.
“I walked in and checked it, and then I walked right out without buying any more,” he stated, indicating that he was a little flustered after seeing the $69,000 prize amount on the Check-A-Ticket machine.
He confirmed his good fortune by visiting MOLottery.com when he got home.
Zawisza mentioned that his son was home from college, so he got to share the news with him, and then the two were able to break the news to his wife, Yvette, when she got home. His daughter was also visiting last weekend.
“They just happened to be home this weekend, so it was kind of nice. We all shared that,” he recalled.
The areospace quality control manager said that the prize would help with expenses.
“Well, I have two kids in college, so it will help pay for that,” he deadpanned. “Hopefully, we can pay some bills off and then enjoy a little bit of the money. Spend some on our vacation, maybe.”
He added that they were already planning a family vacation to North Carolina this summer.
As far as Show Me Cash, Zawisza said he’d continue to play.
“I like the odds. I like the way it goes up every day,” he explained. “When it gets higher, in the six digits, then I might play a couple more tickets maybe. Don’t go crazy and have fun.”
Show Me Cash is a daily Draw Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins. This was the 252th jackpot awarded since the game began and the 55th Show Me Cash jackpot won in the last 12 months. The average jackpot won is $188,236.
Patricia’s Foods got a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket. The winning Show Me Cash numbers for May 2 were: 1, 4, 11, 23 and 38.