2014-10-14 11:56:28.807

Warrensburg Man Uncovers $100,000 Lottery Prize

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A Warrensburg man stuck to his routine and claims he’ll continue to stick with it after winning a $100,000 Missouri Lottery prize. Rodger Ehrsam, 42, explained that he gets a few Lottery tickets every morning. He purchased three “Millionaire” Scratchers on Oct. 5 that resulted in the $100,000 prize.

“My typical purchase is two $5 tickets, and then once a week, I’ll go ahead and buy a couple $10 or $20 tickets. And that’s usually on the weekend, usually on Sunday,” he said.

Ehrsam bought the winning ticket at Jerry’s One Stop, 712 S. Maguire St., in Warrensburg.

“Local owners; I always support my local owners and businesses,” he said. “That’s part of my routine. They have three $10 tickets, and I was going to get one of each. I decided, ‘No, I’ll get three of one.’ It happened to be the third ticket. So, I got really crazy lucky there.”

Ehrsam, a small business owner himself, said he was doing some computer upgrades at one of his client’s businesses when he scratched off the winning ticket.

“In between Microsoft Office installs, I sat there and scratched it off at their front desk,” he recalled. “Surprisingly, I was pretty non-emotional about it. I might have been in a little bit of shock. I finished up my work; didn’t even leave the job.”

He admitted the win was “awesome.” He made a photocopy, hid the ticket at his house and called his brothers over to share the news.

“Before that, the most I’d ever won was $150 on a $5 bingo ticket,” said Ehrsam. “I’m happy about it, though. I’m not going to lie.”

He said he would pay a few bills with the money and put the rest in savings.

“I’m not going to blow it. If you do get lucky and get one, spend that money wisely,” he counseled.

Millionaire” is a $10 game that officially began May 20, 2013. The game features a top prize of $1 million. More than $6 million in prizes, including one top prize, remain in the game.

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