A Missouri Lottery “Crossword” Scratchers ticket proved to be a $50,000 winner for Leandra Johnson of Granby. The 29-year-old mother of two “just happened to run out of gas” on Jan. 16 and decided to pick up two tickets while she refueled her vehicle at Fastrip, 107 N. Main St. in Granby.
As she scratched off the first ticket later that day at her home, she was pleased to find 10 words contained in the game’s crossword puzzle - a feat that would have earned her a $5,000 prize. According to Johnson, she looked again and spied the word “kitty.” That 11th word meant her prize would jump all the way to $50,000.
“I had to sit down for a minute,” she said, recalling her experience. “I looked at it about 10 more times to make sure.”
She noted the timing of her win was ideal for her family as they “had been trying to find money for a new home. This was really heaven-sent,” she said.
She also plans to “start a college fund that can sit and earn interest” for each of her two young daughters.
“And we’re all getting new clothes,” she happily added.
"Crossword," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on Aug. 30, 2008. To date, more than $8 million in prizes have been won by Missouri Lottery “Crossword” players.