Conley had originally stopped at QuikTrip, 11201 E. Truman Road in Independence, to cash in a $15 winning ticket. He asked the clerk for three $5 “Kansas City Chiefs®” tickets in exchange, but the retailer was sold out of that particular game.
“He said, ‘I don’t have anymore Chiefs tickets, but I just put a new stack in, and these are usually winners,’” Conley recalled.
In reality, the odds of winning a prize are virtually the same for both games, but Conley took the clerk’s suggestion and purchased three “Power 5s” tickets.
“I went out to my car and scratched it (the first ticket) with a penny,” he said. “At first, I scratched off one prize and it said ‘$2,500.’ I didn’t scratch off the rest – I was already freaking out, because $2,500 is enough.”
Conley said upon revealing the $2,500 prize, he immediately began celebrating. What he didn’t know was that more prizes awaited on the ticket.
“It took me like 10 minutes to scratch the rest of it,” he said, laughing.
By “the rest of it,” Conley meant that he eventually uncovered the top prize available on the ticket: $100,000.
“Power 5s” is a $5 Scratchers game with more than $12.6 million in remaining prizes, including four more top prizes of $100,000.
In the most recent fiscal year, players in Jackson County won more than $120.5 million in Missouri Lottery prizes. Retailers in the county received more than $7.6 million in commissions and bonuses, and an additional $21.2 million went to educational programs in the county. To see a detailed list of what programs benefited, visit MOLottery.com.