2016-12-22 10:17:06.33

Columbia Man Cashes in $20 Win, Scores $10,000 Prize

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It was a simple chain of events that led Bernard Donley to a $10,000 win on a Missouri Lottery “$1,000 Frenzy” Scratchers ticket, purchased from Steve-O’s, 4600 Paris Road, in Columbia.

Donley, a retiree who works part-time at an auctioneering company, had cashed in a couple of winning tickets at a nearby Break Time store when he received a phone call from his wife, Carolyn. Upon hearing that she was at Steve-O’s, he headed her way, taking the tickets he’d gotten at Break Time with him. One was a $20 winner, so he parlayed that into three more tickets, the last of which rewarded him with a $10,000 prize.

“The first number I scratched off was a $1,000 winner,” he explained. “Then I kept scratching off more. By the time I got to four or five of them ($1,000 winners), it was, ‘Oh, my God. I can’t believe it.”

Realizing he had a $10,000 ticket in his hand, Donley quickly stuck it in his pocket and left the store without telling anyone.

As he claimed his prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City the next day, Carolyn shared that her husband had won six days in a row – with prizes ranging from $100 to the current $10,000 prize.

Donley said buying Scratchers tickets is “kind of a ritual,” but he was quick to emphasize that he uses earlier winnings to purchase new tickets and also acknowledged the importance of playing within one’s means.

“I don’t spend everything I win,” he said. “I’ll buy tickets with some of it and put the rest back. I’m always a little bit ahead.

“In fact, the last four years, the Lottery has helped pay for our trip to go down to Mississippi for a big car show,” he added.

His latest winnings will go toward next year’s trip, as well as a new paint job on his 1965 Chevy Impala.

In fiscal year 2016, players in Boone County won more than $16 million in Missouri Lottery prizes. An additional $39.8 million from Lottery proceeds went to education programs in the county, and $1.7 million was paid in retailer incentives.

$1,000 Frenzy” is a $10 game with more than $19.1 million in prizes still available, including two top prizes of $1 million. Remaining prizes for all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games can be tracked here.


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