August 22, 2008
De Soto Woman Follows Hunch to $250,000
Nicole Kilgore’s palm was itching, so she decided to buy a lottery ticket. The De Soto resident was leaving her job as a private nurse on Aug. 15 and stopped at Pevely Citgo, 1999 Highway 2 in Pevely. Kilgore, 29, said she had never played "$250,000 Mega Cash" before and decided to give it try. She bought a ticket, scratched it in the parking lot and discovered the top prize of $250,000.
"I had never seen it before there," said Kilgore. "I’ve never seen it at any stores. The lady in front of me bought one, so I picked one up."
Despite feeling lucky that day, she was surprised to find so many winning symbols on the ticket.
"I kept scratching, and I matched all my numbers," recalled Kilgore. "All of them had $10,000 and $20,000 on them. I didn’t believe it at first. I went back in and asked them if it was a joke."
Once confirmation of the win began to sink in, Kilgore started thinking about how to spend the money. She says she’ll probably buy a house and start a college fund for her two daughters. There might also be a trip to California in their future.
"I would like to take them to Disneyland," said Kilgore.
"$250,000 Mega Cash" is a $10 game that officially began on Jan. 31, 2007.