2015-08-05 10:59:36.91

Ironton Men Split $20,000 Mega Millions Prize

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A pact to split any Missouri Lottery winnings over $5,000 came into play for two Ironton men. Frank Schwent, 68, and Robert Adams, 45, are brothers-in-law. They both play Lottery games regularly and have always agreed that they would split a large prize. True to his word, Schwent called Adams with the news of a $20,000 win.

“I called my brother-in-law. He was down camping,” recalled Schwent. “I told him it was an emergency; he needed to get ahold of me.  It wasn’t very long, and he called back.”

Adams was camping at Clearwater Lake with his family.

“I asked him, ‘If I give you $10,000, will we be even?’” said Schwent. “I said, ‘We’ve got to take a trip to St. Louis.’ I won’t tell you what he said then.”

“I just relaxed all weekend,” said Adams. “I relaxed even more after Frank called me.”

Schwent bought the $20,000 winning Mega Millions ticket at Steve’s Gas & Liquor, 205 Highway 21, in Pilot Knob. He matched four white-ball numbers and the Mega Ball to win $5,000 in the drawing on July 31, and added Megaplier to his ticket to increase the prize amount to $20,000. Megaplier costs an additional $1 at the time of purchase and increases all non-jackpot prizes by a Megaplier number between two and five.

“I play Powerball, Missouri (Lotto), the Triple Play, Lucky for Life, Mega Millions,” explained Schwent. “I play all of them, twice a week.”

Adams said he played them all, too, but probably not with the tenacity of Schwent. He joked that Schwent had more time now that he’s retired. Adams works for CenturyLink.

Both said they’ll continue to play, hoping for a larger win. Neither had plans for the windfall beyond “paying bills.”

Mega Millions is a twice-weekly Draw Game with drawings on Tuesday and Friday nights. The jackpot starts at $15 million and grows until someone wins.


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