$3 Well Spent in Missouri; Man Parlays That into $55,558 Top Lottery Scratch Game Prize

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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.


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