Mexico man wins $100,000 on scratch-off lottery ticket
COLUMBIA - A Mexico man won $100,000 from a $10 "50X The Cash" Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket. Eric Barnes, 59, said he was killing time before work when he bought the ticket at Xpress Liquor and Smokes in Moberly.
He said he was scratching the ticket in his car when he discovered he was a big winner.
"It took a little while to sink in." he said.
Barnes said he is a frequent player in Missouri Lottery Scratchers games.
"I generally break even. Today, I broke better than even," he said.
This the biggest win for Barnes and he said he plans to "pay a few bills" with the windfall, but added his wife is making plans for the money.
"I don't know, I might take a vacation or something," he said.
It's not enough for retirement though. He said he plays $10 and $20 scratchers hoping to win a million-dollar prize.
Barnes said he buys tickets from several locations.
"We'll stop at two or three places, just riding around before work," he said.
It's a strategy other people should try, he said.
"Spread it around. Instead of just buying one game, but a whole bunch of them; just spread it around," he said.