2017-12-28 10:13:26.51

Holcomb Woman Wins $100,000 Top Prize on Scratchers Game

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First she saw stars. Then she claimed a $100,000 prize from the Missouri Lottery. That’s the story shared by Laura Prado of Holcomb, who credits the red stars printed across the top of a “Big Money” Scratchers ticket for her recent bout of good luck.

“The stars caught my eye,” she said, explaining how she decided which ticket to purchase while shopping at The Junction, 419 Church St. in Holcomb, on Dec. 5. “Whatever catches my eye and stands out to me? That’s the ones I buy.”

At first, Prado wasn’t sure how much she’d won.

“I actually thought I was seeing things wrong,” she said. “So I got my glasses to make sure I was seeing things correctly, and then I just slowly started scratching the rest of it and just practically stopped breathing. And I just sat there. I was numb. I couldn’t believe it.”

Prado then texted her husband at work to share the good news, but he thought she was playing a joke – something she couldn’t help but have a little fun with when he came home later that evening.

“I looked at him and said, ‘I was just kidding, by the way,’” she shared. “He said, ‘I knew it…’ and then I pulled my ticket out of my jacket, and I handed it to him. I said, ‘Nope, I’m serious. We won!’”
Though they were both in shock, the Prados knew they wanted to be prudent with the winnings.

“We always said if we ever won big money, we’d donate and then we would spend it responsibly,” she said.

Big Money” is a $5 game that went on sale Sept. 25. It offers more than $7.4 million in remaining prizes – including four more top prizes of $100,000.

Remaining prizes for all Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets can be viewed at MOLottery.com, as well as on the Lottery’s mobile app. Most Scratchers tickets can also be scanned on the app to determine if it’s a winning ticket.

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