A Columbia man almost threw a winning Missouri Lottery ticket away before he realized it was worth $100,000. Ricky Stinocher, 56, bought the “$100,000 Taxes Paid” ticket at Petro Mart, 3850 N. Rangeline, in Columbia. He bought two tickets and didn’t think he won anything at first.
“I was scratching the ‘Taxes Paid,’ and I didn’t see any matching number,” recalled Stinocher. “So, I was ready to throw it away, and I spotted the 40. I thought I probably won $5.”
When he scratched it off, he was shocked to see the top prize in the game - $100,000 taxes paid.
“I left the station, pronto! Never tell them when you win big,” he joked.
The win was good timing for the soon-to-be property owner. Stinocher explained that he recently purchased a small property near the Lake of the Ozarks, and the windfall would help with his down payment. He plans to do a lot of fishing this summer.
Stinocher admitted that he likes to play Scratchers regularly, and offered some good advice for other players.
“I like to scratch them and get $10 or whatever, once in a while. Be conservative – not too many a day,” he counseled.
“$100,000 Taxes Paid” is a $5 game that officially began April 15. The Lottery pays the taxes on the top prize of $100,000. To date, three top prizes remain in the game. Track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at MOLottery.com.