William Hansell’s vision of winning a luxury vehicle from the Missouri Lottery’s “Cadillac® Riches” Scratchers ticket materialized on Aug. 6. The 50-year-old Vernon County resident said he liked the way the Cadillac® Escalade™ SUV EXT looked plastered on the front of the game ticket, and he decided he wasn’t returning home without one.
“I went in one store first, and I bought two $5 Scratchers,” he explained. “I won $5, so I took it (winning ticket) to another store and cashed it,” referring to his stop at Cash N Dash, 1518 E. Austin Blvd., in Nevada.
“I already told them, when I went in the door, that I was going to have that Cadillac before I went home that night,” Hansell recalled.
His premonition of winning came true at the second location, where he used the money he’d won to pay for another ticket. Coincidentally, the ticket he bought at Cash N Dash held a Cadillac Escalade SUV EXT prize, valued $67,450.
He found it so hard to believe that he’d really won that he asked store clerk Amanda Johnson to scan his ticket to confirm the win.
“(She said) you won big,” noted Hansell. “She goes, ‘It says to give it (ticket) back to you.’ She kept trying to tell me I won a Cadillac, but I didn’t believe her.”
When the news finally sunk in, Hansell admitted that he was shocked.
“It knocked me down,” he reminisced, adding that seeing the prize “brought tears to my eyes.”
The prize “changes a lot” for the first-time Lottery winner. Not only will the windfall allow him to “live comfortably” and stress-free, he plans to share the prize money with his two children and five grandchildren.
“Cadillac Riches” is a $5 Scratchers ticket that awards up to $100,000 and Cadillac® vehicles. Vehicle winners can opt to receive the vehicle or the cash value. Hansell elected to receive the cash value.
Players can also enter non-winning tickets into the “Cadillac® Riches” second-chance promotion for a chance at capturing a Cadillac® Escalade™ and $250 cash. To participate in the promotion, players should submit eligible tickets through their My Lottery® Players Club accounts.