Gary Parks of Joplin, Missouri, deemed an instant ticket purchase as the best $3 I’ve ever spent.
The 65-year-old won a $55,558 top prize on a 5 Times Bingo Scratchers game the day after Christmas.
Happy holidays indeed.
I went to get some refreshments before the Falcons and Saints football game, Parks recalled, referring to a stop at Casey’s General Store, 201 S. Maiden Lane, in Joplin.
I had $3 left, so I was trying to choose between “Crossword’ and “Bingo,’ and I finally took the “Bingo,’ because it takes longer to scratch it.
After returning home, settling in on his favorite recliner and turning on the television, the grandfather-of-four began watching pre-game stuff and scratching.
All of a sudden, I realized that I had won, he shared.
He joked that his first post-win thought was, I’m going to the Bahamas!
The retiree explained that the windfall would actually be going toward a venture closer to his heart. He and his wife are in the process of adopting three of their grandchildren.
We don’t have a very big house, so we’re going to try to expand, said Parks. It means a lot. It means more than I can even tell you. This prize will make life easier.