2008-12-02 13:08:30.77

Dixon Woman Surprises Mother with Trip to France

A respiratory therapist from Dixon has her husband’s baking skills partly to thank a very prosperous Thanksgiving.  Nadine Novak, 40, explained that a pie shell was the source of her recent good fortune.

"My husband, Matt, didn’t know how to make a pie shell, so I ran to the store to get one before everyone arrived for Thanksgiving dinner," said Novak.  "I bought a Lottery ticket while I was at the store, but I didn’t look at it again until around 11 p.m. that night."

Novak’s decision to purchase a Missouri Lottery "Jingle Bell Bingo" Scratchers ticket from Country Mart Express, 508 E. 5th St. in Dixon, proved to be a good move.

"At first I thought I didn’t really win, but then I had my husband check the ticket online," said Novak.  "He told me we really won $10,003 and gave me a high five, because that’s what we always do with our kids when something exciting happens."

Novak, a first-time Lottery winner and mother of three, plans to share her winnings with her loved ones.

"The first thing I’m going to do is surprise my brother by giving him $1,000," said Novak.  "Then I’m going to take my mother to France.  That is where she is from, and she hasn’t been able to visit her family there in a really long time." 

When asked if Novak planned to make the trip to France an entire family event, she noted that those details were still undecided.

"I’m not sure how my five-year-old and two four-year-old twins would like the long plane ride to France," said Novak.  "It might end up just being a trip for my mother and I, but we’ll see!"

"Jingle Bell Bingo," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on Oct. 25. 

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