2016-01-11 12:10:38.463

Gravois Mills Man Waits Six Months to Claim $100,000 Prize

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Patience might be a virtue, but it’s also a way of life for Michael Leihy, who waited nearly six months to claim a $100,000 Missouri Lottery Scratchers prize. Leihy purchased his winning “20X The Money” Scratchers ticket on July 6, 2015, from Casey’s General Store, 998 N. Business Route 5 in Camdenton, and waited until Jan. 5 to claim his prize.

“I decided to wait until I needed to come up (to Jefferson City). I’ve never been up here before, and thought I could wait,” disclosed Leihy, who was in Jefferson City to update his license plates.

Leihy, a regular Lottery Scratchers player, purchased his ticket while in Camdenton running errands and uncovered the $100,000 top prize later that night at home.

“It was pretty surprising when I scratched the first number. I thought I won $5,000,” Leihy recalled. “I was happy with that because that was the most I would have ever won, and then I just kept going and it was more and more. Every number was for $5,000.”

After uncovering his top prize, the grandfather said he signed the back of the ticket, put it in his safe deposit box and forgot about it for a while.

As far as spending his newly found fortune, Leihy plans to keep things simple and save the money for as long as possible.

“I’ve been saving money since I was a kid. I’ve still got money I’ve been saving since I had a paper route when I was 10,” he said.

$20X The Money” is a $5 Scratchers ticket that was officially introduced on May 18, 2015. The game offers players the chance to win prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000. More information on all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games, including prize structures and remaining prize amounts, can be found at MOLottery.com.


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