2016-05-31 17:00:23.813

Closed Bank Leads to $100,000 Prize for Joplin Resident

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When Joshua Schwartz, 27, needed cash to pay his daughter’s nanny on May 19, his first instinct was to go to the bank. After realizing his bank had already closed for the day, Schwartz reverted to his second option of getting cash back at Casey’s General Store, 1904 E. 20th St., in Joplin.

“I thought I would buy a few packs of gum, get cash back and be on my way,” recalled Schwartz. “Some Scratchers tickets caught my eye, and I thought I would give those a try instead.”

Schwartz purchased $25 in Missouri Lottery “$500 Frenzy” Scratchers tickets, and received cash back from the Casey’s General Store to pay his daughter’s nanny. As it turns out, one of Schwartz’s “Frenzy” tickets gave him cash back in the form of a $100,000 top prize.

“It was on the last ticket. I matched the first two numbers, which had $20,000 prizes,” said Schwartz. “I was actually starting to question whether a $25 purchase was worth it just to get cash back. Turns out it definitely was.”

Noting the timeliness of his $100,000 win, Schwartz said the windfall came a week before his wedding anniversary, on the heels of the five-year anniversary of the Joplin tornado and while he and his wife are expecting their second child. With his $100,000 haul, Schwartz and his wife plan to finish remodeling a bathroom and wipe out their remaining student loan, medical and auto debts.
Schwartz claimed one of five $100,000 top prizes available in the “$500 Frenzy” Scratchers game. Introduced on Dec. 29, 2015, “$500 Frenzy” is the $5 ticket in a family of games with the “Frenzy” theme. Now until Aug. 23, Scratchers and Draw Games tickets have an added value with the “Second Chance of a Lifetime:  Summer Sportscation” promotion. Players can enter eligible tickets through their free My Lottery account for the chance to win trips to some of the most famous sports destinations around the world, among other prizes. More information about all Missouri Lottery games and promotions can be found here at MOLottery.com.


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