"I cleaned out my truck last week and pulled out the tickets from my console to check them," he told Missouri Lottery officials. "First thing I did was check how long the ticket was good for before it expired. I was afraid it had already expired for my chance to claim it. And then I realized I was still in the loop of not running out of time."
Jacobs said he and his wife scanned the tickets at a local QuikTrip store. He said they were confused when the scanner's reader pulled up the message, "Claim at Lottery office."
"So we took the ticket up to the register to have it checked, and the lady said, 'Sir, you just won $50,000,'" said Jacobs. "My wife said, 'Oh, my God, Jason! Oh, my God, Jason!'"
The couple said the money will go toward a college fund for their 9-month-old daughter and possibly a family vacation.