July 21, 2008
Columbia Woman Wins $10,000 Instantly
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.
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.