2017-06-02 12:38:22.997

Aspiring Artisan Wins $50,000 in St. Joseph

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Few situations can kick-start a new hobby like winning a $50,000 Missouri Lottery Scratchers prize.

“I’m going to buy some wood working tools so I can start making some furniture,” explained Blanche Pettijohn, while claiming a $50,000 “Bonus Word Crossword” Scratchers prize on May 25.

The St. Joseph resident purchased her winning Scratchers ticket from Quick Stop, 2607 Frederick Ave., in St. Joseph.

“The $3 crosswords are my favorite. Even if you lose, it seems like you’re getting your money’s worth,” said Pettijohn.

“I thought it was a $20 winner at first. I work at a call center, and we can do this sort of stuff when we aren’t busy. I probably saw that I had five or six words and I thought, ‘Oh, it’s $20. I can buy a few more tickets.’”

It wasn’t until later when Pettijohn scanned her ticket at a Lottery Check-A-Ticket machine that she learned she had won a top prize in the game. Pettijohn plans to use her $50,000 prize to pay bills in addition to starting her new pastime.
Bonus Word Crossword” is a $3 crossword-inspired game that was introduced on Dec. 2, 2016. A list of remaining prize amounts for all Scratchers tickets can be found at MOLottery.com.  


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