A 50-year-old St. Charles man is using his $5 million Missouri Lottery windfall to retire early. Bill Graham is the first player to uncover a top prize on a “$5,000,000 Jackpot” Scratchers ticket. While between appointments on Aug. 27, the sales representative stopped at ZX Dunn Road, 3555 Dunn Road, in St. Louis.
“I used to play all of the time, and now I play once every couple of weeks,” Graham explained, noting that he felt an inclination to try his luck on the game that ultimately made him an instant millionaire. “I had to double (and) triple check.”
The devoted employee didn’t let the life-changing news stop him from finishing his work day. Rather than immediately heading to the Lottery’s St. Louis office to claim his prize, he went to two more appointments before returning to his St. Charles County residence.
“It didn’t hit me until I came in here (Lottery office) and filled out all of the forms,” he shared while claiming his prize the following day.
When asked how the prize might change his daily routine, he declared, “I don’t have to work anymore. I’m going to take it easy the rest of my life.”
The lucky Lottery winner summed up his experience as saying he feels “ecstatic.”
“$5,000,000 Jackpot” is a $20 game that officially started on Aug. 5. Two out of three $5 million top prizes, as well as thousands of prizes ranging from $20 to $100,000, remain in play.