2006-12-27 13:11:35.137

Springfield Woman Wins $50,000 In Lottery's Holiday Promotion

audio icon A Springfield woman will have a very Happy New Year after her entry was selected as the $50,000 tax-paid top-prize winner in the Missouri Lottery’s second "Wonderland Wish List" promotion drawing held Dec. 20. Debbie Mitchell, 48, said the money will come in handy since she takes care of her husband, Bobby, who is paralyzed, and her mother, who is going blind.
"We’ll get a new house," she said. "And we’ll get a better van. The lift on my van isn’t very good. We hold our breath any time we go anywhere in it. That’s the only way I can transport him."
Mitchell said the ironic part is that she has been telling other players who purchase Missouri Lottery holiday Scratchers tickets about the promotion, and they’ve been telling her that no one ever wins.
"I’ve told them that I always see people from Springfield on it (winners’ lists)," she said. "Now I’m a witness."
Mitchell’s winning entry consisted of two $5 "Merry Money" Scratchers tickets. She purchased one of the tickets at Village Mart, 2720 W. Kearney in Springfield, and she purchased the other ticket at Dillons, 1831 W. Kearney in Springfield.
In addition to Mitchell’s prize, five other entrants won $5,000 and 50 others will receive $250. For a complete list of winners, go to molottery.com.
The Dec. 20 drawing was the second of three drawings in the Missouri Lottery’s "Wonderland Wish List" holiday promotion, which started Oct. 28. In each drawing, one entrant is awarded a top prize of $50,000 cash, five other entrants win $5,000 cash and 50 entrants win $250. The final drawing will be held Jan. 17.
To enter the promotion, players should submit $10 worth of eligible Scratchers tickets. The six Scratchers tickets eligible for entry are: game 581, "$100 Million Cash Spectacular"; game 613, "Lifetime Riches"; game 634, "Merry Money"; game 635, "Season’s Greetings"; game 636, "Frosty Bingo"; and game 637, "Holiday Cash."
Players can submit their entries through the Lottery’s Web site at molottery.com, by mail or by dropping them off at any Missouri Lottery office. Players should mail their promotion entries to the following address only:
"Wonderland Wish List"
Missouri Lottery
PO Box 104711
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4711
Details about the promotion, including a link to the rules can be found on the "Wonderland Wish List" page.

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