Lottery player thinks he won $100 — then wife sees Missouri ticket is worth much more

A Missouri man decided to purchase a $10 scratch-off ticket on a whim during his trip to the grocery store, resulting in a huge win, lottery officials said.

The Fenton man, who chose to remain anonymous, said he was deciding between which of the available two machines he would buy a ticket from, according to a March 18 news release from Missouri Lottery officials.

After unloading his groceries, the winner started scratching his 100X The Money ticket with his thumb when he revealed a “100X” symbol, officials said.

“I stopped scratching and went upstairs to let my wife finish scratching it off,” the winner said.

He told officials he initially believed he’d won $100.

“That’s not $100,” his wife told him, according to lottery officials.

“I looked at it and saw it was $1 million!” the husband said. “My wife had to pinch herself to make sure she wasn’t dreaming,” he added.

The couple checked multiple times to make sure the win was real, according to lottery officials.

The $1 million winner was purchased at Schnucks in Fenton.

Fenton is about a 20-mile drive southwest from St. Louis.

Many people can gamble or play games of chance without harm. However, for some, gambling is an addiction that can ruin lives and families.

If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

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