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2016-12-21 10:49:48.14

Cass County Man Uncovers Game's First Top Prize of $100,000

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At this busy time of year, when everyone seems to try to pack as much as they can into every hour of the day, a Belton man may have managed to outdo all the rest – uncovering a top prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket, putting in a morning’s worth of work and then claiming his $100,000 prize all by the time his lunch break was over.  That’s how the day went for Derek Briden, 32, who purchased a winning “Daily Crossword” ticket at Express Super Store, 844 N. Scott Ave. in Belton, on Dec. 9.

“The ‘Crossword’ games are the ones I normally choose,” he shared. “I’ve won quite a bit off them, so I just keep going back.”

Briden, who is a designer and drafter at an engineering firm, recounted the moments in the store’s parking lot that led to the realization that he’d won.

“As I was going through the puzzle – well, I circle the words I find – and it kept adding up,” he said of the 10 circles he’d drawn on his ticket that would soon translate into the game’s first top prize. “I was like, ‘There’s no way.’”

By lunchtime, Briden was at the Lottery’s office in Independence verifying the win.

“I know exactly what I want to do with the prize money,” he added. “I’m going to pay off all my debts and then start investing.”

In fiscal year 2016 – which ran from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016 – players in Cass County won more than $8.9 million in Missouri Lottery prizes. An additional $3.6 million from Lottery proceeds went to education programs in the county, and $1 million was paid in retailer incentives.

“Daily Crossword” is a $5 game that started Oct. 12. More than $10.2 million in prizes are still available in the game, including four more top prizes of $100,000. Remaining prizes for all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games can be tracked here.

 







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