January 19, 2017

Grandpa's Loyal Ticket Pays Off Big

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As Robert Smith of Independence was claiming his $100,000 win on a “$1,000 Frenzy” Scratchers ticket, he was also on the phone with his wife trying once more to prove this was real.

“My wife is having a heart attack,” Smith exaggerated, as he was still catching his breath. “I still can’t believe this. This is amazing.”

Smith had just dropped off his 6-year-old grandson at first grade that morning. He then headed to Price Chopper for some milk for his 11-month-old granddaughter, who was home with grandma.

“I have always bought this ticket at least once a week since it came out, just trying to win $1,000,” said Smith. “I bought two tickets, and when I saw what I won, I started shaking like a leaf. I haven’t even scratched the second ticket yet.”

Smith, unsure if this was real, proceeded to go back into the store and have the clerk scan his ticket. She confirmed he was indeed a winner.
“I called my wife immediately. She thought I was having a medical emergency,” laughed Smith. “She said, ‘You’re kidding me, right?’ So I went home and showed her, and now she is a nervous wreck.”

Smith worried he might lose the ticket, so he headed to the Lottery’s Independence office. Luckily for him, it was only a few minutes away. He purchased the ticket, won and claimed his prize all within an hour, and already had plans for the money.

“We will probably take the kids out to dinner,” said Smith, a retired electrician, “And see what their needs are, and help them out. You take care of family.”
Smith purchased his ticket on Jan. 10 at Price Chopper, 1611 E. 23rd St., in Independence.

$1,000 Frenzy” is a $10 Scratchers ticket that was released Dec. 29, 2015. The 10 $100,000 prizes are second-place prizes to three top prizes of $1 million. After Smith’s win, three $100,000 prizes are still up for grabs.


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