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Fulton man wins $750,000 playing state Lottery game

Fulton man wins $750,000 playing state Lottery game

December 9th, 2011 in News

Spencer Coffman of Fulton is congratulated Thursday for winning $750,000 in a Missouri Lottery scratchers game by Annette Holtmeyer, the employee at Casey's General Store at 1301 Business 54 South in Fulton who sold Coffman the winning ticket.

Photo by Don Norfleet

Spencer Coffman, a 63-year-old Fulton resident, finally hit a big prize playing Missouri Lottery scratcher games.

Coffman appeared at a Missouri Lottery press conference Thursday at Casey's General Store. 1301 Business 54 South in Fulton to announce that Coffman had won $50,000 a year for life, which is guaranteed to be $1 million if taken over a lifetime period.

Coffman was given the option of taking either $50,000 a year or a lump sum payment of $750,000 before taxes. He chose the $750,000 lump sum payout.

"I had to check the number several times to make sure I had won. I wanted the big prize of $200,000 a year but this also is big - very big," Coffman said.

A frequent scratchers ticket buyer, Coffman said he always takes the scratcher ticket to his vehicle in the parking lot to determine if he is a winner.

"If I win, I usually will go back in and buy another ticket," he said.