2016-04-28 11:42:20.683

Festus Man Strikes Gold With $50,000 Win

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An early morning stop led to a Missouri Lottery win for one Festus man. Chistopher Warncke, 30, said he stopped at Stockham’s Gas Mart, 11845 County Road CC in Festus, on April 19 and purchased one ticket without success. Needing money for his daughter’s field trip, he decided to take one more chance on the $30 “$300,000,000 Golden Ticket” Scratchers game. He scratched the ticket in the store and uncovered the $50,000 prize.

“I thought there was no way; so they checked it and sure enough,” said Warncke.

He added that he’s not a regular player – this was only the third $30 ticket he had tried.

“I won $50 last week on one,” he said, in explanation of why he chose the $30 game.

“If the Powerball hits like what it is now, I’ll go ahead and play one,” he added.

He hopes to win a huge jackpot someday, but he’s happy enough with his winnings for now.

“I’m going to pay off some things I got and sit on the rest of it for a while,” said Warncke. “Try not to spend it all at once.”

$300,000,000 Golden Ticket” is the Missouri Lottery’s first $30 Scratchers game. It officially began on Jan. 25 and offers a top prize of $10 million. Players can also win $1 million in a second-chance promotion.


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