May 22, 2015

Jonesboro Man Claims $1 Million Missouri Lottery Prize

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Mr. T’s in Cardwell is a destination for many people in Arkansas. At this massive store, they can stock up on supplies and play the Missouri Lottery. Ronnie Kirby of Jonesboro, Ark., visited with a friend on April 30 and uncovered a $1 million Scratchers prize.

“I had bought three in a row,“ began Kirby.  “I was down to my next-to-the-last number, when the four came up. That was the lucky number.”

Kirby was playing his favorite game, “$1,000,000 Classic Cash.” He’s won $1,000 twice this year, and $10,000 once before on this same game.

“My partner, I told him, ‘I just won $1 million.’ He jerked the ticket out of my hand and looked at it, then slid it back over to me. Then he jerked it out my hand again. I couldn’t write my name, because my fingers were kind of numb,” recalled Kirby.

He soon called his girlfriend, Linda Kellems.

“I told him, ‘Don’t stroke out,’” laughed Kellems. She often accompanies Kirby to Mr. T’s, 510 U.S. Highway 412 in Cardwell, and the two engage in a friendly scratching competition.

“Sometimes, I hold back and watch what they’re playing,” said Kellems about their visits. “If they play a couple and don’t hit, maybe I’ll try the next one.”

Kirby has been waiting for a large prize. He is semi-retired, but still drives part-time for the U.S. Postal Service. He plans to use the windfall to pay off his house, get a new truck and maybe some toys to go with it. He said they like to fish and camp, so they would be doing more of that this summer.

“Fall fishing is really good,” said Kirby. “When the leaves start turning, start trying to fall off, man, those bass get hungry to feed up for the winter.”

He said an upgrade for his pull-behind camper may be in order.
Despite hitting a big one, it is likely Kirby will be back to play Scratchers at Mr. T’s.

“I just enjoy playing,” he said. “I’d like to win on one of those taxes-paid tickets.”

$1,000,000 Classic Cash” is a $10 game that officially began Jan. 2, 2013. Kirby claimed the third top prize in the game. More than $13 million in prizes, including one top prize, remain.


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