Sure enough, the habit of buying a $1 Quick Pick ticket for every drawing paid off handsomely for the 59-year-old maintenance worker. The clerk handed him a printout that confirmed it. Cheaney went on to church that night and finished working the busy holiday weekend, bragging only a little to friends and colleagues.
"My wife was up in St. Louis, and when I called her, my ear is still ringing!" he declared. "We've been married 40 years. She thought I was pulling a fast one at first, but now she knows it's not, because she's seen the ticket." He journeyed to the St. Louis Lottery office on Sept. 7 to claim his prize. Cheaney said the money would be used to "pay off his truck" and "put a little back." Some will be used to have some fun, a good Christmas, and probably even a trip for the family.
"I've got four kids and 14 grandkids. We're talking about going on a vacation somewhere. My wife mentioned the Wisconsin Dells," related Cheaney.
This isn't the first big win for Cheaney. He won $5,000 on a Scratchers ticket last year. He said his wife, Cynthia, will be joining him for a cruise soon that was paid for by his last Lottery win.
"Well, I won $5,000, now this is $55,000. I just told my buddy, 'Well, maybe I'll win $5.5 million next time!'" he joked.
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