No joke: Affton woman wins lottery on April Fool’s Day

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An Affton woman won $116,000 in the lottery April 1, but considering the date, at first couldn’t believe it.

Cynthia Feldhaus, a frequent Missouri Lottery Show Me Cash player from Affton, matched all five numbers in the April 1 drawing to win a jackpot of $116,000.

Her winning ticket was purchased at Circle K, 9998 Tesson Ferry Road in Affton. It was the 12th jackpot-winning Show Me Cash ticket sold in 2020.

“I thought it was a joke!” she said in an announcement from the lottery, recalling the moment she realized she had won. “I was at home in disbelief. I checked, rechecked and then checked again.”

Even after confirming the win by checking her numbers on MOLottery.com, it still didn’t sink in for Feldhaus.

“I was dumbstruck,” she said. “We’ve played a long time, so I was just in awe.”

Feldhaus claimed her prize at the lottery’s St. Louis office and said she intends to contribute a portion of the prize to various military-focused charitable organizations. The winning numbers on April 1 were 5, 13, 25, 32 and 35.

In the most recent fiscal year, players in St. Louis County received more than $168.9 million in Missouri Lottery prizes. Retailers in the county received $16.3 million in commissions and bonuses, and an additional $32.3 million went to educational programs in the county. For a detailed list of the programs that benefited, visit MOLottery.com.