It only takes one ticket. Just ask Mike Ives of St. Ann. Ives bought a Show Me Cash ticket for the Dec. 18 drawing on a “whim.” It was the only ticket he has purchased all year, and it brought him a $50,000 jackpot. Ives, 48, is not a regular Lottery player, but he buys one on occasion, “when the jackpot gets big.” He was thinking about odds when he bought the winning ticket at Shop ‘n Save Fuel Express, 10632 St. Charles Rock Road, in St. Ann.
“I’m just going to get something different that I haven’t gotten before,” thought Ives, at the time. “I was looking at Pick 3 and Pick 4. I wasn’t sure how they worked, so I just got a Quick Pick on that other one.”
It was his first Show Me Cash ticket this year, and it turned out to be winner. Ives’ ticket matched all five winning numbers in the Dec. 18 drawing: 4, 9, 16, 22 and 38.
He found out he was a winner the next day. After stopping at Fuel Express for a printout of the winning numbers on his to work, he was astonished when he checked his ticket an hour later.
“It was like, ‘Whoa.’ I had the first two numbers,” recalled Ives. “Then I saw the last three matched. Then I’m like, ‘This can’t be right.’ It’s just kind of hard to believe.”
It was especially difficult for Ives to process since it was the only ticket he purchased this year.
“There’s no way I could’ve won that easily,” he thought. “Since I’m not used to playing, and I’ve never bought those tickets that I can remember.”
Asked if he would be buying more, Ives said he would stick to his routine.
“I’ll probably buy them once in a while, still,” he declared.
The chemist for Nestle said that plans for the windfall would include a new car.
“I do need, or could use, a different car, sometime,” he explained. “Pass on my old one to one of the kids.”
Show Me Cash is a daily Draw Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins. A $169,000 Show Me Cash jackpot was hit the night before Ives won. Ives was the 234th jackpot winner in the game since it began in 2008.
Show Me Cash features better chances of winning than some of the larger jackpot games. Odds of winning a jackpot in Show Me Cash are 1 in 575,757.