2006-05-02 11:30:58.437

Rolla Woman Wins $77,000 Top Prize

Karen Espinoza, Rolla, uncovered the $77,000 top prize playing the $5 Scratchers game, "Silver 7’s."
Espinoza, 44, stopped to cash two winning $2 Scratchers tickets on her way home from work on April 29. She used her $10 prize to purchase two $5 Scratchers tickets. Espinoza scratched her tickets in the car and couldn?t believe what she saw. She took the ticket back into the store to have the clerk verify that she had won.
"I didn’t know what to do," Espinoza said.
Espinoza went home to share the news with her boyfriend, Jamie Clark.
"She was hysterical," Clark said. "It was storming and windy. I thought a tree had fallen on the house."
Espinoza already has plans for her prize.
"I think I’m going to get a new car and maybe take a nice vacation," Espinoza said. "We’ve been thinking about going to New Zealand."
Espinoza purchased her lucky ticket at Phillips, 1400 E. Highway 72 in Rolla.
"Silver 7’s" officially began on Feb. 25.

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