May 7, 2007
Jefferson City Student Uncovers $10,000 Prize
A Jefferson City woman is $10,000 richer after playing the Missouri Lottery’s Scratchers game "Triple Dough." Margaret Thomas, 44, bought $5 worth of Scratchers tickets at Village Too, 4164 S. Grand in St. Louis, on her way to school on May 3.
Thomas is in the health information technology program at Missouri College in St. Louis. She was in a hurry to get to class when she went to buy the tickets, and the customer in front of her was taking a long time. She almost left, but said she had a feeling she should wait and buy the tickets.
"I’m glad I was patient that day," Thomas said.
When Thomas scratched the second ticket, she first thought it was a non-winning ticket. She looked more closely and realized she had won $10,000. She was on the bus when she scratched her ticket and showed it to two other passengers to be sure she was actually a winner. Then Thomas went back to Village Too to have the ticket checked.
Thomas plans to use her prize to pay her moving expenses and possibly to buy a car. She also plans to share some of her money with her family. She has four children and 15 grandchildren.
The $2 game "Triple Dough" officially began on Dec. 6, 2006.