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Missouri electrician finds his $10 million 'Golden Ticket'

Aug 1, 2017, 3:54 pm

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By Todd Northrop

Life is about to become very different for an electrician from Jefferson County, Missouri.

On July 9, David Piper, 67, walked into the Schnucks at 3900 Vogel Road in Arnold. He picked up some groceries and bought a few lottery tickets, as he usually does.

When Piper returned to his home in Imperial, he drank a cup of coffee and scratched off his $30 game, the "$300,000,000 Golden Ticket."

"The number 33 came up, and I thought, 'Well, I won something,'" Piper told lottery officials. "And when I scratched it off, I had to look at it several times before I believed what it said."

The numbers came up and he just started counting zeros, Piper said at a Monday press conference wearing a plain T-shirt, jeans and worn moccasins.

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

Piper was in disbelief until he got his ticket verified at Schnucks the next day.

"Somebody was upstairs watching out for me," he said.

Piper was an electrician in Washington University's radiology department, until he decided to retire a few days after winning the $10 million prize.

"I said goodbye on the same day I was leaving," Piper said to lottery officials. "I was kind of sad, and I hated to leave it."

Piper's wife, Vickie, also retired, from a job at St. Anthony's Medical Center in south St. Louis County.

"I want to go to New York City," she said. "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 said he's been driving a 20-year-old car with 250,000 miles on it — but now he plans to buy a Jeep.

The couple also hope to find a new home with the winnings.

On Monday, the Pipers are leaving for a trip to New Orleans, where David Piper said he plans to "enjoy myself."

But even before the money, Piper said he never felt like he was missing much in his life.

"I have a beautiful family and grandkids," he said. "I just felt lucky with what I had."

Piper was given the choice of taking the $10 million winnings in 25 annual payments of $400,000 or as a one-time lump-sum payment of $6.8 million. He took the lump sum option, according to Missouri Lottery officials.

On Monday, a few spectators gathered around the Schnucks lottery machine where Piper bought the winning ticket.

"Come on, give me some of that luck," one man said, putting his money in the slot. "I won $5 here once, but that's about it."

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This Pied Piper finally managed to get $10 million to follow him home. What a guy!

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    I-guess-you-could-say-he-was-shocked!!!

     

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      Or...the win was electrifying! !!! Lol

      Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

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        OK...gotta get in on this

        Looks like a high voltage win !

        Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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          OK .... I'M AN ELECTRICIAN WHO'S RETIRED NOW.. FUNNY HOW I'VE BEEN READING OVER THE YEARS AS TO HOW MANY WINNERS ARE ELECTRICIANS..HEY TODD ..CAN WE DO A CAREER  LOTTERY WINNING THING

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            OK .... I'M AN ELECTRICIAN WHO'S RETIRED NOW.. FUNNY HOW I'VE BEEN READING OVER THE YEARS AS TO HOW MANY WINNERS ARE ELECTRICIANS..HEY TODD ..CAN WE DO A CAREER  LOTTERY WINNING THING

            That would be interesting, but holy mackerel did you lose your reading glasses or something? Big Grin  I can read that from across the house.

             

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              OK...gotta get in on this

              Looks like a high voltage win !

              Lol lol

              Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

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                Now the couple is thinking.. "Watt can we do next?"

                Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

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                   Exchanging $30.00 for $6,800,000.00  WOW 

                   He must have felt like he had a "live wire".  Congratulations to him and his wife!!

                   "We are all in this together!" 

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                    The couple has decided to meditate on their win...."ohmmmmmmm"

                    Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

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                      The couple has decided to meditate on their win...."ohmmmmmmm"

                      Nother good one LOL !

                       

                      Then they can "$witch" to millionaires.

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                        I would be saying "Awwww, Schnucks!" If I was them. Congrats!!!

                         

                        Hyper       Hurray!

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                           Exchanging $30.00 for $6,800,000.00  WOW 

                           He must have felt like he had a "live wire".  Congratulations to him and his wife!!

                          Lol lol

                          Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

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                            Dance

                            Nice retirement!

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