October 19, 2015

Trip to Show Me State Results in $100,000 Prize

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For Robert Murdock of Bensalem, Pa., a trip to Mountain Grove to visit his girlfriend’s family proved to be life-changing. On his way back home to Pennsylvania, Murdock purchased a “Millionaire Riches” Scratchers ticket from Westside Convenience, 221 N. Maple Street, in Mountain Grove. The decision is paying off for the Pennsylvania resident to the tune of $100,000.

“On our last day in Mountain Grove, we were getting ready to drive back,” recalled Murdock. “Her dad wanted to check his tickets to see if he had won. I just decided to go in and buy a couple of scratch-offs. I had played one (game) the day before and didn’t win anything on it. So, I thought, ‘Let me give that ‘Millionaire Riches’ another shot.’”

The 43-year-old uncovered his prize in his car in the company of his girlfriend, Barbara, and her father.

“The very first prize was $500, and we just looked at each other and said, ‘Oh, this is going to be big,’” noted Murdock.

“We were taking turns scratching off the prizes,” laughed Barbara.

Murdock purchased his winning ticket on Aug. 21, but had he to wait more than a month to claim his prize.

“We had no choice but to drive back to where we are from and sit on it,” revealed the winner, adding that they were already on their way back to Pennsylvania and the closest Lottery office in Springfield would have been closed by the time they got there.

“I actually put it in a safety deposit box, had (the ticket) all filled out and left it in there for about a month.”

Murdock, who is currently unemployed and searching for work, wasn’t entirely sure what he would do with his prize, but he said the little debt he had would be paid and a portion would go towards savings.

Millionaire Riches” is a $10 Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket offering more than $22.9 million in remaining prizes. Introduced on April 6, the game still has two $1 million top prizes that have yet to be claimed. Murdock found one of 16 $100,000 second-tier prizes available in the game. Updated information on all games offered by the Missouri Lottery can be found here at MOLottery.com. 

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