Pizza Craving Results in $50,000 Scratchers Prize

Nov. 29, 2023

A craving for pizza led a Missouri Lottery player in Bolivar to a $50,000 prize on a “500X” Scratchers ticket.

“That day, I was hungry for pizza and went to the Casey’s in Bolivar (located at 328 E. Broadway) and got a couple slices of pizza. Then I saw the “500X” ticket and thought, ‘Well, alright, I’ll buy one,’” the winner shared.

When asked how he chose that particular ticket, he explained he’d been drawn to the game’s 500X multiplier feature.

“I was like, ‘Man, that’d be a (heck) of a hit!’” he chuckled.

He went home to enjoy his meal and then began scratching his ticket.

“The very first thing I scratched off was that 500X symbol,” he recalled. 

“I scratched off a $100 prize underneath, and I was so excited I couldn’t figure out how much money that actually was!” he laughed.

“500X” is a $50 Scratchers ticket released on May 30. The game currently offers over $190.7 million in unclaimed prizes, including two $5 million top prizes, three $1 million second prizes and 37 additional $50,000 prizes.

Players can also enter their eligible “500X” tickets into their My Lottery® Players Club accounts for a chance to win $500 cash in the “Scratch Big, Win Big!” monthly drawings.

In FY23, players in Polk County won more than $4.5 million in Missouri Lottery prizes, retailers received over $463,000 in commissions and bonuses, and more than $1.1 million in Lottery proceeds went to education programs in the county.