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Missouri electrician finds his $10 million ‘Golden Ticket’

Missouri electrician finds his $10 million ‘Golden Ticket’

By Todd Northrop

Life is ready to change into very other for an electrician from Jefferson County, Missouri.

On July nine, David Piper, 67, walked into the Schnucks at 3900 Vogel Road in Arnold. He picked up some groceries and acquired a couple of lottery tickets, as he normally does.

When Piper returned to his house in Imperial, he drank a cup of espresso and scratched off his $30 recreation, the “$300,000,000 Golden Ticket.”

“The number 33 came up, and I thought, ‘Well, I won something,'” Piper advised lottery officers. “And when I scratched it off, I had to look at it several times before I believed what it said.”

The numbers got here up and he simply began counting zeros, Piper stated at a Monday press convention dressed in a simple T-shirt, denims and worn moccasins.

“I just didn’t believe it,” Piper stated. “I called my wife and told her I won $10 million, and she just said: ‘No, you didn’t.'”

Piper used to be in disbelief till he were given his price tag verified at Schnucks the following day.

“Somebody was upstairs watching out for me,” he stated.

Piper used to be an electrician in Washington University’s radiology division, till he determined to retire a couple of days after successful the $10 million prize.

“I said goodbye on the same day I was leaving,” Piper stated to lottery officers. “I was kind of sad, and I hated to leave it.”

Piper’s spouse, Vickie, additionally retired, from a task at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in south St. Louis County.

“I want to go to New York City,” she stated. “I have always wanted to see Central Park, Broadway and stand in the middle of Times Square at night and see the lights. That would be one of the best things in the world to do.”

David Piper stated he is been riding a 20-year-old automotive with 250,00zero miles on it — however now he plans to shop for a Jeep.

The couple additionally hope to discover a new house with the winnings.

On Monday, the Pipers are leaving for a commute to New Orleans, the place David Piper stated he plans to “enjoy myself.”

But even earlier than the cash, Piper stated he by no means felt like he used to be lacking a lot in his existence.

“I have a beautiful family and grandkids,” he stated. “I just felt lucky with what I had.”

Piper used to be given the number of taking the $10 million winnings in 25 annual bills of $400,00zero or as a one-time lump-sum fee of $6.eight million. He took the lump sum possibility, in line with Missouri Lottery officers.

On Monday, a couple of spectators accumulated across the Schnucks lottery gadget the place Piper purchased the successful price tag.

“Come on, give me some of that luck,” one guy stated, hanging his cash within the slot. “I won $5 here once, but that’s about it.”

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Updated: August 17, 2017 — 9:58 pm

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