Can you imagine an extra $25,000 a year for the rest of your life? That’s what Chillicothe resident, Jim Perry, also a Missouri Lottery player, is contemplating after matching all five white-ball numbers drawn in Tuesday’s Lucky for Life drawing. T
Can you imagine an extra $25,000 a year for the rest of your life? That’s what Chillicothe resident, Jim Perry, also a Missouri Lottery player, is contemplating after matching all five white-ball numbers drawn in Tuesday’s Lucky for Life drawing. The winning ticket – which was sold at Hy-Vee Gas, 1230 Washington Street in Chillicothe – matched all five white-ball numbers drawn to win the game’s second-level prize. The Lucky for Life numbers drawn Tuesday were: 13, 16, 21, 29 and 32. Jim purchased a $10 ticket with five picks Monday evening and had the computer select the numbers, Perry told the Constitution-Tribune on Wednesday. He said he learned of his win Tuesday afternoon. His wife, Linda, works at Pap’s Primitives and Floral and said that someone had come in announcing that the winning ticket had been sold at Hy-Vee Gas. “My wife called me,” Perry said. “She didn’t know if I had played.” Perry is employed as sales manager at Lovegreen Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Kirksville, where he has worked for more than 17 years. He was at work when his wife called. He went to the nearby Casey’s store where he checked his ticket’s numbers. The result showed that he needed to go to Jefferson City to claim his prize. After researching online, he learned that his prize was $25,000 per year for life. “I thought that would be a nice retirement bonus,” Perry told the C-T. Jim is 65 years old. “I’m ready to retire, go fishing, do gardening and do some landscaping,” he said. Perry said he frequently purchases lottery tickets. His win this week is his second big win in recent months. He won $262,000 18 months ago in the Show-Me Cash lottery. The Perrys have just finished building a house using the money they used from Jim’s previous winning. He and Linda have been married for 40 years and reside a few miles south of Chillicothe. They have two sons, a daughter and three grandsons who live in the Chillicothe area. If Perry had gotten all of the numbers correct in the Lucky for Life game, he would have won the top prize which is $1,000 a day for life. The chances of winning the top prize, according to the Missouri Lottery website, is 1 in nearly 31 million. The chances of winning the second tier prize, which Perry did, is 1 in 1.8 million. This is the sixth time a Missouri Lottery player has won the $25,000-a-year-for-life prize since the game went on sale in 2015, said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “In fact, we’re still waiting for another recent winner to come forward to claim their own prize of $25,000 a year for life,” she added. The previous winning ticket was sold at Dierbergs, 5640 Telegraph Road in St. Louis, for the Sept. 11 drawing. Draw Games winners have exactly 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize, giving last night’s winner until June 16 and September’s winner until March 10. All Missouri Lottery Draw Games tickets can be scanned at Check-A-Ticket machines at retail, as well as the Lottery’s mobile app, to determine if it’s a winning ticket.