2018-12-03 16:34:54.627

$100,000 Scratchers Win Becomes Family Affair in Sikeston

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On most mornings, Christopher “Mike” Boese will stop by Break Time, 420 N. Main St. in Sikeston, for a coffee and a soda. Every so often, Mike will include a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket with his purchase. By late afternoon on Nov. 16, news of a $100,000 Lottery prize would energize the Boese family.

“I usually stop in on my way to the family farm,” said Mike. “I don’t buy a Scratchers ticket every time I go to Break Time, but I have bought a few $2 tickets the past couple of days and recently started buying $5 tickets.”

While at Break Time on Nov. 16, the Sikeston resident added a $5 “Cash Craze” ticket to his purchase. While playing the ticket, Mike quickly realized this ticket was unlike any he had seen before.

“I matched the number 26 twice. Both for $5,000,” he said. “I scratched it all, and every number matched. I was near my sister’s house, so I went over there to have her look at it.”

Sure enough, Mike matched all five of his numbers with all but one number in the game, totaling a $100,000 prize. After his sister, brother-in-law and their children had a chance to look at the ticket, Mike called his wife, Erin, to notify her of their newly found fortune.

“He actually woke me up, and I didn’t believe him, of course,” said Erin. “Our daughter keeps asking if we’re rich, and we keep explaining that it doesn’t quite work that way.”

While the $100,000 prize might not meet their daughter’s expectations, the Boeses  are looking forward to paying off bills and shopping for Christmas gifts with the prize money, in addition to one possible treat.

“He was looking up Rolexes on the way up here,” said Erin.

“I’ve always wanted one,” concluded Mike.

Introduced on June 25, “Cash Craze” is a $5 Scratchers ticket. The Boeses  claimed one of six $100,000 top prizes available in the game. Remaining prize amounts for all Scratchers games can be found at MOLottery.com and on the official Missouri Lottery app.

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