2008-07-08 16:18:51.86

Columbia Woman Uncovers $10,000

Story Photo audio icon Darylicia Wilkerson of Columbia was just looking to get out of the house for a while and ended up with a Scratchers ticket worth $10,000.  Saturday, July 5, was a day of mixed emotions for her family as there was a funeral in the morning and a family reunion that afternoon.  That evening, Wilkerson, 34, decided to go for some snacks and made a visit to Petro Mart, 500 N. College in Columbia.  She bought two lottery tickets at the store, one of which was a $5 winner, and another, which was a little more exciting.   The "Lucky 7’s" Scratchers ticket indicates that players can win up to 20 times, and after revealing a horseshoe symbol, Wilkerson knew that she won all 20 prizes.  

 "So I said, let me start from the bottom of the ticket and work my way up to the top," related Wilkerson regarding scratching off the prize amounts.   "So I scratched off the bottom and it said it was $500.  So I’m sitting there, and that thing said if you find the horseshoe, you win 20 times.  I’m like, anything could be up underneath here.  I scratched it off all the way up, and it was $500 all the way up." 

 Wilkerson, a single mother of a teenage daughter, said the win was a blessing.  She recently experienced some car trouble and will begin cosmetology school later this month.  The win will help cover expenses related to transportation and education, plus provide a little shopping money for her daughter. 

 "I read that ticket three and four times," said Wilkerson.  "I’m overwhelmed right now." 

"Lucky 7’s" is a $5 game that began on July 14, 2007.  The game features a top prize of $77,000.

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