2015-10-02 11:51:11.827

Salem Man Locates $20,000 Lottery Prize

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Luck has returned for one Salem man. Jackie Lough, 69, won $100,000 from the Missouri Lottery about three years ago, and he sniffed out another $20,000 prize earlier this week. Lough purchased a “$3,000,000 Taxes Paid” Scratchers ticket on Monday at Casey’s General Store, 201 S. Main St., in Salem. He uncovered the prize while in the store.

“A little excitement,” is how he described the moment. “I called the lady back to make sure, so I signed it in front of a witness.”

He added that he didn’t really have a preference on tickets; he plays them all.

“It doesn’t make any difference, I don’t think,” he said. “If I stop by, I usually play some.”

How Lough chose the location is another story.

“I think I kind of have it figured out that each store in town, sooner or later, is going to have a large one,” he explained. “Three of the stores have already had a large one recently, so that’s the reason why I was playing this particular one. I was right.”

Based on his theory, you might think he would take a break now that he’s located the big one, and Lough said he might lay low for a while. But being the player that he is, he said he’ll be back.

“I’ll probably play some more, maybe take a little trip,” he surmised. “Help the kids a little.”

$3,000,000 Taxes Paid” is a $20 game that officially began May 18. The Lottery pays the taxes on the top two prizes in the game, $500,000 and $3 million. More than $63 million in prizes remain.


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