2016-08-03 10:49:13.31

Longtime Mizzou Fan Cashes in $13,125 in Prizes

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A Columbia woman recently cashed in $13,125 of winning Missouri Lottery tickets. Artie Miller has been playing the Lottery and following University of Missouri sports for decades. She visited Missouri Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City on July 15 to cash in two big winning tickets. She explained that she regularly plays Scratchers and Pick 4, and she had the winning tickets to prove it.

Miller won $10,000 on a “$5,000,000 Big Money” Scratchers ticket she purchased at Break Time, 2402 Paris Road, in Columbia. She also won $3,125 on a Pick 4 ticket she had purchased a few months earlier.

When asked why she waited to claim that ticket, she admitted, “I didn’t want to cross the bridge.”

Miller said she’s been playing more frequently since her husband of 54 years, Justice, died earlier this year. When Justice Miller retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after a 30-year career, the two relocated to Columbia to care for his parents. They stayed and built a life there.

“I really do love living in Columbia, because there’s so much to do. And of course, I’m an avid sports fan,” explained Miller. “I have season tickets to football, women’s basketball and softball.”

She said she’ll still attend all of the games, just like she’ll continue playing the Lottery. She plays Pick 3 and Pick 4 daily.

“And if I remember, which most of the time I don’t, I do the Mega (Millions),” she said.

She lets the computer pick her numbers, because she doesn’t believe in “lucky numbers.”

“I just got lucky,” she declared.

She added that her husband was lucky. They used to enjoy going to the riverboats together, although not much.

“He was very lucky. He would win every time,” she recalled. “He’d say, ‘I just don’t like throwing my money away.’”

Miller also enjoys seeing live music, and she said she would use the money this fall for a country music cruise.

$5,000,000 Big Money” is a $20 game that officially began May 31. Players can win up to $5 million instantly.

Pick 4 is a daily Draw Game with drawings twice a day. Players can choose or let a computer pick four numbers from zero to nine, and win prizes based on matching numbers and order.


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