Belton man is one million dollars richer

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BELTON, Mo. -- A Belton man has been one million dollars richer since November, but didn't realize his windfall until this month.

Richard Watson was in Iowa traveling for work when he stopped at a gas station and picked up some lottery tickets. That was about six months ago. And now, he's one million dollars richer.

"Every time I buy my tickets I say 'big money, big money, big money!'" Watson said.

And big money it was for 58-year-old Watson. Back in November he traveled to Iowa City for work, and on his way home, he stopped for gas and bought his usual lottery tickets.

"I'm always on the road, always going, whenever I stop for gas or do something I buy a ticket here, I buy a ticket there," said Watson.

He's been traveling for work for more than 15 years and has lottery tickets from all over the country. He says he's never won more than eight dollars, until now.

"I received notification from my bank, they said that they needed to get ahold of me, and I was concerned because I had some problems. I was challenging some fraudulent charges," Watson said.

So he called the bank back. They told him the Iowa Lottery was trying to get ahold of him.

"Apparently you have a ticket that's worth a lot of money, and I said, 'I do? How do they know that I have a ticket?'" Watson recalled.

Between a security camera at Kum and Go, the gas station where he bought the ticket, his bank, and the Iowa Lottery, they were able to trace the ticket back to him. He went through his drawers and found the winning ticket.

"It's like someone knocking on your door and saying 'hey here's a million dollars,'" Watson said.

"I just thanked the Lord and cried," said Watson's mom, Shirley.

Watson has been talking with his parents about their plans for the future.

"This sort of changes the whole picture now," he said.

Watson was about to take a job that would require him to move to Pennsylvania. This money will now allow them to stay together.

"He wants to share the blessings with us," said his mom. "And then other people say 'boy you sure did raise him good, Shirley!'"

"It came at an excellent time," said Watson. "Now my worries are all taken care of!"

Watson and his parents are selling their home and moving to Vegas. They're originally from Henderson.

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