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2014-10-17 11:24:29.51

Raytown Player Wins $1 Million Scratchers Prize

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Ronald Taylor took a bad day and turned it into a good one by playing the Missouri Lottery. The Raytown man had just left his doctor’s office when he purchased a “50X The Cash” Scratchers ticket that yielded a $1 million prize.
It was welcome relief for Taylor, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

He planned to take the lump-sum payment of $700,000 before taxes and use it to pay for hospice care for his wife. Sadly, she passed away shortly after he claimed the prize on Oct. 1. Now, his focus has shifted to helping his daughter and grandkids.

Taylor purchased the winning ticket at Price Chopper, 300 SW Blue Parkway, in Lee’s Summit. He described a short run that lead to him buying the winning ticket.

“I decided to buy a $5 ticket,” he recalled. “I won $5, so I bought another $5 ticket and it was a $10 winner. So, I thought, ‘I’ll just buy a $10 ticket then.’ That’s when I hit it.”

He asked a clerk to check his ticket and was told that he needed to claim it at a Lottery office. He was walking around the store when the magnitude of the win hit him.

“I was going around the store, and I thought, ‘Wait a minute. Fifty times $20,000 is $1 million.’ So, I went and got my bread that I went to store for, and on the way out, the lady who had helped me said, ‘Do you know how much you won?’

“I believe I do,” he replied with a smile.

50X The Cash” is a $10 game that officially began Dec. 13, 2013. Taylor won the second of three top prizes available in the game. More than $12 million in prizes remain.

Taylor is the 88th instant millionaire in Missouri Lottery history, and the 407th Missouri Lottery-made millionaire.

 

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