2008-12-16 08:11:32.987

Mizzou Lab Tech from Columbia Wins Lottery, Twice

Story Photo Winning the Missouri Lottery is becoming second-nature for one Columbia woman who is getting ready to have a "guilt-free" Christmas.  Shirley Kowalewski, a bio chemistry lab technician at the University of Missouri in Columbia, explained that her recent win was due to a profitable inconvenience.

According to Kowalewski, who discovered she was $10,000 richer after purchasing a Missouri Lottery "4 Million Dollar Cash Bonanza" Scratchers ticket, the real reason she purchased that particular game was because the ticket that she really wanted to buy was unavailable.

"I went to several different stores looking for one of the new ’Big Money’ tickets, but I couldn’t find one anywhere," said Kowalewski.  "I decided to get a $20 ticket at the next place I went to if the other ticket wasn’t there."

The ticket that Kowalewski was originally after might have been the reason she left the house on Dec. 12, but the ticket she ended up purchasing proved to be a "blessing" for her and her family.

"When I realized I had won the Lottery again, I was really shocked, but excited!" said Kowalewski.

Kowalewski’s first brush with "lady luck" came in April of 2007 when she won a $200,000 Powerball prize.

"My husband, Tom, wasn’t too surprised when I won the Lottery, again, because he thinks that I am always the ’lucky one,’" said Kowalewski.

According to Tom, he believes that even if he purchased two Lottery tickets, gave one to his wife, asked her to switch the ticket with him back and forth a few times, she would still end up with the winning ticket out of the two.

"That’s OK, though, because you only need one ’lucky person’ in the family," explained Tom.

The Kowalewskis already paid off their home and purchased new vehicles with their $200,000 prize money from their Powerball win, so they have smaller plans for their most recent windfall.

"Actually, my daughter said she is more excited about this win than the Powerball win, because it’s close to Christmas, and she has a lot on her list," said Kowalewski with a smile and a laugh.

The Kowalewskis purchased their winning ticket from Break Time, 2709 E. Broadway in Columbia.

"4 Million Dollar Cash Bonanza," a $20 Scratchers game with a top prize of $4 million, officially began on Jan. 26.

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