Illinois man cleaning out vehicle finds winning $50K lottery ticket

Steve Neal & his $50,000 Missouri Lottery ticket (Credit: Mo. Lottery)

GRANITE CITY, Ill. ( – A Granite City man found a winning $50,000 lottery ticket while cleaning out his vehicle’s glove box.

Steve Neal stumbled upon a stash of forgotten Missouri Lottery Show Me Cash tickets and check them all at

“I usually buy tickets for 14 draws at one time because I live in Illinois. So anytime I’m in Missouri, I’ll buy some tickets,” Neal said.

He reportedly racked up $12 in prize money before checking the final ticket.

“I was like, ‘Those are my numbers. Oh, my God, those are my numbers,’” recalled Neal, who used a combination of his kids’ birthdays to pick the winning numbers in the May 5 drawing.

The winning numbers were: 3, 5, 14, 31 and 38.

Neal, who bought the ticket from the Riverview MotoMart on Riverview Drive, said he plans to split the prize money with his wife and pay bills.

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