Missouri man wins $1 million in Lottery

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 | 3:33 p.m. CDT; updated 7:12 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 15, 2009

ST. LOUIS — A northeast Missouri man became an instant millionaire thanks to a scratch-off ticket in a Missouri Lottery game.

Mark Lierheimer of Mexico, Mo., claimed the prize on a "$100 Million Blockbuster" scratchers ticket. The 47-year-old bought the ticket at Break Time in Mexico July 10.

Doing well in Lottery games has become fairly common in Lierheimer's family. He has won the top prize in Pick 4 a few times, and his mother was the grand prize winner of the Lottery's "Take It Home II" promotion in 2008.

Lierheimer plans to pay off some debt and use much of the money for everyday expenses. He is leaning toward taking the money over 20 years, rather than a lump-sum payment for a lesser amount.


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