Lloyd Norris of Cairo, Ill., is a dedicated lottery player. He lives in Illinois, works in Missouri and lives close enough to Kentucky that he plays the Lottery in all three states. It was the Missouri Lottery, however, that made Norris a big winner with a $208,000 Show Me Cash jackpot.
Norris, 61, drives a forklift for a living in Cape Girardeau. He said he usually stops at one of two stores to get his Missouri Lottery tickets. He bought this winning Quick Pick ticket at D-Mart Shell, 3415 William St., in Cape Girardeau. He didn’t realize he had a big winner until he was checking tickets about a week following the Dec. 10 drawing.
“I stuck it in there (Check-A-Ticket machine), and it said, ‘$208.’ I thought, ‘There’s no prize for $208.’ Then I saw those other three zeroes. It surprised me. If I had me a bad heart, I might have croaked,” recounted Norris.
This is the first big win for Norris, except for a thousand dollar Pick 4 prize years ago. He said he’ll continue to play with a focus on the state games like Show Me Cash. His dream, though, is to win Powerball.
“I’m still trying for the millions there, because I want to have a good retirement,” said Norris.
This windfall will be used for a new car. Norris was worried about his current vehicle making it home from claiming his prize, so the timing was excellent. The balance will go in the bank.
He is hopeful that he will win again – two players in the history of Show Me Cash have won two jackpot prizes.
“I’ve been playing for 44 years,” he said. “It will pan out. You just don’t know when.”
Show Me Cash is a daily Draw Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins. Norris is the 286th player to win a jackpot in Show Me Cash since 2008. In 2013, 57 Show Me Cash jackpots were awarded for an average amount of more than $161,000.