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Wyoming trucker claims $126,603 Dakota Cash jackpot

For Immediate Release: 8/28/2008

(Pierre) - Gary Shamion of Sundance, Wyo. matched all five numbers in last night’s drawing to win the $126,603 jackpot.  He purchased the winning ticket in Belle Fourche, where he works hauling gravel.

Shamion discovered he won the prize earlier today. Enroute to a family wedding in Iowa in a two-car caravan, he stopped at a Sioux Falls gas station to check his tickets.

“The clerk said she couldn’t pay the ticket and I asked ‘Why not?’ Shamion said. “She told me it was too big to pay. That it was more than $100.” Shamion’s wife suggested the clerk print a report of the winning numbers and the family headed to the car to look at the ticket again. “I assumed I won a few hundred dollars,” he said. “I was shocked to learn how much the ticket was worth.” Shamion then asked for directions to the Sioux Falls Lottery office where he claimed his prize surrounded by 10 other family members.

Shamion said he usually purchases a ticket for each of South Dakota’s lotto games for each drawing. He plans to pay bills and contribute to his two sons’ college savings accounts.

Big D Oil in Belle Fourche will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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