2016-08-18 15:14:37.423

Illinois Resident Finds 'Big Money' in Missouri Capital City

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An Illinois resident plans to play the Missouri Lottery a little more frequently after winning a $10,000 prize on a “$5,000,000 Big Money” Scratchers ticket. Stephen Klein of Marine, Ill., is a small business owner who has been living in Jefferson City for the past 10 months for a contract job. In that time, Klein has purchased almost all of his Missouri Lottery tickets from Bee Line Snack Shop, 2205 Southridge Drive, in Jefferson City.
“I usually like to play the more expensive tickets,” explained Klein, while claiming his prize on Aug. 18. “The more you spend, the bigger the prizes.”
He may not have uncovered a $5 million top prize in the “Big Money” game, but Klein was pretty surprised to see so many zeros on his ticket.
“I just kept looking at the zeros and thinking, ‘Oh man, this is going to be a good one,’” said Klein.
Klein, 39, enjoys playing both Scratchers and Draw Games offered by the Missouri and Illinois Lotteries, but, once he moves back to Illinois, he thinks he might come over to the Show Me State to try his luck every so often.
“I’ve won in Illinois before, but nothing like this,” said Klein.
When asked what his plans were for his $10,000 prize, Klein quickly responded that he will likely invest the money in kitchen appliances for his house back in Illinois with the hope of seeing a return on his investment whenever the time comes to sell.
A $20 Scratchers game introduced on May 31, “$5,000,000 Big Money” offers players prizes ranging from $20 to $5 million. Klein was one of the first Missouri Lottery players to claim one of 88 $10,000 prizes in “Big Money,” which has more than $77 million in total prizes remaining, including all three $5 million top prizes. A complete list of all remaining prize amounts for all Scratchers games can be here found at MOLottery.com.


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