News that a Show Me Cash jackpot had been won caught the imagination of Scott City resident Randy Holder.
“I purchased my ticket earlier in the day at one gas station, and I was in a different gas station later that night and saw that the Show Me Cash jackpot was back at $50,000,” Holder shared, explaining that if the jackpot had reset to $50,000, someone had won that night. “I thought to myself, ‘How nice would it be if I won?'”
After looking up the winning numbers for the Nov. 26 drawing soon thereafter, Holder realized that he was, in fact, the winner of the $245,000 jackpot.
“I didn’t believe it then, and I don’t believe it now to be honest,” said Holder. “I called my brother and asked, ‘What do I do? I’ve never been in this situation before.'”
Holder kept the ticket in a bank safe deposit box until he was ready to claim the prize on Nov. 30. A regular Show Me Cash player when jackpots reach $100,000, he said he has come close to experiencing the winning sensation a few times before.
“I’ve matched four numbers a few times. Actually, one time I was only one number off for a $400,000 jackpot,” said Holder. “I just told myself that whoever won it probably needed the prize more than me. Now it’s my turn.”
Nearly three years out from retirement, he plans to keep the prize as a nest egg for his retirement years. However, he does have immediate plans for one purchase.
“Everybody always teases me for not getting more into technology. I still have a flip phone, but all I need it to do is make calls and take photos,” joked Holder. “I think I might get an iPhone or a smartphone now.”
Holder purchased his winning Show Me Cash ticket from Casey’s General Store, 1110 Main Street in Scott City, and matched all five numbers drawn on Nov. 26, which were: 9, 24, 31, 34 and 35. For selling the winning ticket, Casey’s General Store received a $500 bonus.
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