2017-10-03 15:28:59.033

Portion of $10,000 Prize to Aid Rolla Woman's Family

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For Angelica Otero of Rolla, a typical work day begins with a visit to Freeburg Eagle Stop, 101 N. Highway 63, in Freeburg.

“I usually get some snacks for the day,” said Otero, noting that a spur-of-the-moment Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket will accompany her purchase every so often.

While making her routine stop on the morning of Oct. 2, a last-minute decision to try her first ever $20 Scratchers ticket prompted Otero to get some cash from the convenience store’s ATM. To her dismay, the ATM was out of order, so no purchase was made.

“I went back in this morning (Oct. 3), and they had the machine working again, so I got some cash and bought a ticket,” said Otero of her “$4,000,000 Payout” Scratchers ticket.

Otero played the ticket before going into work. After matching her first number on the ticket, she was elated to see a $1,000 corresponding prize. Nine additional $1,000 prizes would soon be uncovered by the Rolla resident for a total of $10,000.

“I brought the ticket back to the clerk at the store – they know me since I’m there so often,” said Otero. “I asked her if she wanted to see something cool and showed her the ticket. She said I had better take the rest of the day off and go claim the prize.”

Following the clerk’s advice, Otero claimed her $10,000 prize later that day at the Lottery’s Headquarters in Jefferson City. While there, Otero discussed a recent death in her family that has left one of her aunts caring for her grandchildren.

“I’m going to give her some of it to help her through,” said Otero. “She will try to not take it, but I’m going to make her take it.”
$4,000,000 Payout” is a $20 Scratchers ticket that was introduced on Sept. 8, 2015. More than $39 million in total prizes remain in the game, including more than $9.1 million prizes ranging from $10,000 to $4 million. Remaining prize amounts for all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games can be found at MOLottery.com.  


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