2008-12-10 08:49:23.683

New Haven Couple Plan Vacation After Winning $50,003 Prize

Story Photo A stop to a local convenience store the day after Thanksgiving led a New Haven woman to a $50,003 Lottery prize.  Judith Adams, a credit representative from New Haven, purchased a Missouri Lottery "Jingle Bell Bingo" Scratchers ticket from Fastrip, 9333 Highway 100 in New Haven, on Nov. 28, but didn’t check the ticket until several days later.

"I forgot I bought the ticket," explained Adams.  "I put it in my purse and then remembered it was there on Monday (Dec. 1)."

Adams, a 61-year-old mother of four, thought she had won $90 at first, but soon realized she actually won $50,003.

"I checked my ticket in the kitchen and thought I won $90, which I was excited about," said Adams.  "I asked my husband (Tom), to look at the ticket, and he said he thought I won more than that."

After examining the ticket more closely, the Adams realized that they were holding a ticket worth much more than $90.

"We jumped in the car and drove back to the store we bought the ticket at, to make sure we really won," said Adams.  "I like to make sure before I get really excited."

The Adams received confirmation from a Fastrip clerk that they had indeed won a prize.

"The clerk said we’d need to go to a Lottery office to fill out a claim form and find out exactly how much we had won," said Adams.

A stint with the flu prevented the Adams from going to a Lottery office until four days after discovering they had won.

"We found out we won on Monday (Dec. 1), but then I was sick the next few days, so it wasn’t until Dec. 5 that we were able to get to a Lottery office," said Adams.  "I still haven’t told anyone yet, because I wanted to wait until after we came to the office to make sure we really, really won."

According to Judith, after receiving a second confirmation, this time from the Jefferson City Lottery office, she is now ready to tell her four sons that their parents won the Lottery.

"I really feel like the Lord has blessed us," said Adams.  "We’ve been through a lot in the past few years.  My husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, and he beat that.  And now we won the Lottery!  This is really unbelievable."

When asked about plans for the prize money, the Adams noted that they intended to invest and take a vacation.

"I love lighthouses, and my husband has been talking about taking me on a trip to the coast to see a lot of different lighthouses," explained Adams.  "Now we’re going to take the trip.  It will probably be sometime in July."

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

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