2008-07-21 16:28:11.48

Columbia Woman Wins $10,000 Instantly

Story Photo audio icon A college student from Columbia bought a ticket while visiting her dad in Hannibal that turned out to be worth $10,000.  Meredith East, 23, is living in Columbia to get a few more classes before heading west to work on a degree in Nursing.  On her way to her father’s house, she stopped at Abel’s Quik Shop, 409 West 1st Street in New London, and picked up a “Lifetime Riches” Scratchers ticket.  East scratched the ticket later and discovered the $10,000 prize.

 “I screamed,” East recounted with a laugh.  “Then I started calling everybody.”

East, who works at Caterpillar in Boonville, thought she might use some of the money to trade her older-model car for a more fuel-efficient one.

 “Gas is crazy,” said East, who drives about 20 miles to work.

East also said she plans to secure a refurbished Mac laptop to use for school.

 “Lifetime Riches” is a $10 game that features a top prize of $50,000 a year for life.  The game began on April 22, 2006, and at the time of this release, had three top prizes remaining.

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