January 3, 2007
Arkansas Dispatcher Loses Voice, Gains $100,000
A dispatcher for the Carroll County Arkansas sheriff’s department who lost her voice due to laryngitis ended up finding $100,000 on a Missouri Lottery "Big Money" Scratchers ticket. Amber Norris, 24, of Green Forest, Ark., said she would have been at work on Dec. 27, but since her voice was gone, she took the day off. Instead, she and her husband, John, traveled to Missouri to go to Bass Pro Shops. On the way home, they stopped at Wild Bill’s Travel Center in Ridgedale and bought some Missouri Lottery tickets.
"They ("Big Money" tickets) were new; I’d never seen them before, so I said, ’Give me one,’" Norris explained.
In addition to the one "Big Money" ticket, Norris played the six other tickets she bought in her car in the parking lot and discovered she had a big winner.
"I handed it to my husband and said, ’Tell me what that says,’" she explained.
The couple plans to use the money to pay bills, fix John’s truck and put some money in the bank.
"I wouldn’t mind taking a vacation," said Norris. "I’d like to go to the Daytona 500."
John Norris is an Arkansas state trooper.
Norris’ ticket wasn’t the first big prize recently sold at Wild Bill’s Travel Center. On Nov. 3, Michael Bajorek of Jacksonville, Ark., bought a Missouri Lottery "Ruby Red 7’s" Scratcher ticket that turned out to be worth $77,000.
"Big Money," a $5 game, officially started on Dec. 23, 2006.