When Artur Oczko, 41, bought a Quick Pick ticket for the Missouri Lottery’s March 6 Show Me Cash drawing, he wasn’t exactly thrilled with the numbers that had been randomly generated for him. But the Topeka, Kansas, man quickly changed his mind after all five numbers displayed on his ticket were drawn later that night, providing a $61,000 payout on his $1 purchase.
“I wasn’t even going to play yesterday, but I just kind of threw a buck in because I had an extra buck,” Oczko explained, as he claimed his prize at the Lottery’s Independence office the following morning. “When I got the ticket on Quick Pick, I kind of wasn’t happy with the numbers. I was thinking, ‘Oh, these aren’t going to hit.’”
He was very happy to be wrong about that prediction, though – a fact he discovered while killing some time before he went to bed.
“I usually just mess around and check Twitter or read something, and I remembered to check it,” he said, as he recalled the surreal experience of looking up the night’s drawing results. “I noticed the first couple numbers, and I was like, ‘Boy, those look familiar.’ So I walked downstairs and got the ticket out of my bag.”
Oczko’s ticket – which he purchased at Express Stop, 500 E. 10th St., in Kansas City – contained the entire winning number combination of 15, 22, 23, 29 and 37.
“I kind of just stood there in calm and peace. I thought I’d be excited, but I was kind of just calm – like, ‘Wow!’”
Oczko and his wife plan to use the expected payday to “take a small family vacation” with their four kids, as well as “get some home improvement stuff done… and just enjoy it.”
Show Me Cash is a $1 daily Draw Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins. So far in 2017, there have been 10 winning jackpot tickets with an average prize of more than $199,000. Unclaimed Show Me Cash jackpot prizes can viewed at MOLottery.com.
In the most recent fiscal year, players in Jackson County – where the winning ticket was sold – won more than $65.3 million in Missouri Lottery prizes. An additional $52.7 million from Lottery proceeds went to education programs in the county, and $6.9 million was paid in retailer incentives.