2018-04-06 13:13:14.083

Retirement Moved Up, Thanks to Jackpot Win

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When Jeffrey Kuras of St. Louis plays the Missouri Lottery, it’s usually when Draw Games jackpot prizes are especially high.

“For Show Me Cash, I typically won’t play until it’s above $200,000,” said Kuras.

Such was the case on April 2, when the Show Me Cash jackpot had swelled to $426,000. Kuras said he had just returned home from an out-of-state trip and purchased a $5 Show Me Cash ticket while shopping at Dierbergs, 8 Four Seasons Center, in Chesterfield.

“I got the email from (the Lottery) the next morning saying the Show Me Cash jackpot had been hit, so I knew I should check my ticket,” said Kuras, adding that it wasn’t until much later in the day before he took the ticket out of his pocket to check his numbers.

“It was right before I left work for the day before I looked at the ticket and the email together,” said Kuras, whose Quick Pick ticket matched all five numbers drawn: 11, 13, 21, 37 and 39. “I had it in my pocket all day, and I didn’t even know what it was worth! Had I checked earlier, I would have taken off work to claim it sooner.”

After convincing his wife that the $426,000 win wasn’t a hoax, the couple started mapping out their plans for the prize including paying off their home and purchasing investment property.

“I was looking at retiring in five years. This might have moved that up a bit,” said Kuras.
Show Me Cash is a daily in-state Draw Game with jackpots starting at $50,000 that grow until won. Kuras is the 504th player to win a Show Me Cash jackpot in the Draw Game’s 10-year history. In 2017, 54 players won more than $8.7 million in combined Show Me Cash jackpots. Using the Missouri Lottery’s new app, players can scan their tickets to determine if a ticket is a winner.

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