June 16, 2006
Louisiana Woman Wins $20,000 While Visiting St. Louis Area
A 20-year-old woman from Monroe, La., uncovered a $20,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery "Black Jack" Scratchers ticket on her first visit to Missouri. Alandia Jackson, 20, said she had traveled to St. Louis with her fiancé’s family and on June 11 purchased four tickets on their way home from his cousin’s graduation party. She purchased her winning ticket at Mobil, 4450 Meremac Bottom Road in Oakville.
"I bought four tickets," Jackson said. "I gave two to (her fiancé’s) mother, and I kept two. I scratched off the first one and I didn’t win anything, but then I scratched off the second, and I said, ’I think I won $10,000.’"
Jackson said she looked at the ticket again and read the directions that stated if the player’s cards added up to 21, the prize was doubled. She said nobody could believe she had just won $20,000, so they stopped later to have her ticket checked at another Lottery retail location.
Jackson, who works as a tutor, said she and her fiancé, George, plan to use the money to buy a new vehicle for her and to purchase furniture for their new apartment.
"Black Jack," a $2 Scratchers game, went on sale on Dec. 7, 2005.