Man gets rid of pocket change, wins $55K

A Missouri man traded in some pocket change and ended up $55,558 richer.

Missouri Lottery officials said Larry Taylor Jr., of East Prairie, had some loose change to get rid of, so he decided to buy a scratch-off ticket.

“It wasn’t my initial idea to get a lottery ticket,” Taylor said.

Taylor ended up spending his change on a single Missouri Lottery 5X Bingo Scratchers ticket.

He said he initially thought he had won $3,000, but he had a friend look over the ticket and they soon discovered he won additional money for making an “X” on the bingo sheet.

Taylor said he plans to use his money to take his daughter to the zoo and treat his family to a vacation.