2017-03-01 09:38:40.117

Illinois Woman Finds $25,003 That Almost Got Away

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Kari Reuschel, 35, of Bowen, Illinois, unknowingly carried around a $25,003 winning Scratchers ticket for over two months. She purchased her ticket at a Q Stop, 2 Merlin Drive in Troy, on her way to do some early Christmas shopping in St. Louis.

“I thought I won $3, so I stuck it in my cup holder in my car,” said Reuschel, talking about the $3 “Bingo Night” Scratchers ticket. “It was in there awhile before I finally took it inside.”

It wasn’t until a few months later that Reuschel’s husband, Kevin, saw it and realized they might have a big winner.

“I looked it over and said, ‘Um, you scratched an X on one for $25,000,”’ said Kevin Reuschel.
He quickly headed to one of their local gas stations to see if what he thought he was seeing was correct.

“The cashier scanned the ticket and went to fold the ticket, before she realized it was a winner,” said Kevin Reuschel. “She then unfolded it and said, ‘Oh, congratulations!’”

After he let his wife know they truly had something to celebrate, they decided to tell their parents. It was a welcomed change of pace for the entire family.
“We have had some bad news lately, and it is just nice to get some good news,” said Kevin Reuschel.
“God was on our side that day,” said Kari Reuschel.
As for plans for their prize, the Reuschels want to put some in their savings and maybe get something paid off, but they have two young sons who just want to visit Disney World. They are planning the vacation for next year.

“We are not lucky,” laughs Kari Reuschel. “I think $50 is as high as we have won, and we like the bingo games because they last longer.”

The Reuschels enjoy playing Scratchers games from the Illinois, Iowa and Missouri Lotteries. They said even after their win, they will continue to play. 

Bingo Night” was released on May 23, 2016 and offers six cards, a Fast $20 Spot, and a top prize of $55,555.


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