January 6, 2003
COMPUTER CONSULTANT UNCOVERS $100,000 ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
The phrase "Happy New Year" has a whole new meaning for a 32-year-old computer consultant from St. Louis who uncovered the top prize of $100,000 in the Missouri Lottery’s "$100,000 Payday" instant game. Steven "Steve" Wichmann (63144*) said he occasionally buys one $10 Scratchers ticket when he stops in Huck’s Food Store, 10170 Manchester in Kirkwood, to buy a soda after work. On New Year’s Eve, when he stopped for a soda, the store was out of $10 tickets, so he bought one $5 ticket - and it turned out to be worth $100,000.
"Everyone in my wife’s family tells me I am the luckiest person," he said.
Wichmann said he and his wife of two months, Lawana, have been looking for a house to buy.
"We’ve upped our purchase price," Wichmann said after claiming his prize. "We’ll use some of the money as a down payment on the house."
"$100,000 Payday," which went on sale Oct. 12, offers a top prize of $100,000 and a chance to win up to 20 times on each ticket.
* winner’s zip code to help media determine coverage area