2009-02-02 14:22:19.77

Lamar Woman Experiences $20,000 "Cash Explosion"

Story Photo audio icon A Lamar woman, who fought her way back from a job loss two years ago, received a little boost from the Missouri Lottery.  Angela Blackwell, 44, stopped for gas and decided to add a Scratchers ticket to her purchase at Eastside Station, 1008 E. 12th Ave. in Lamar.  When she scratched the "Cash Explosion" ticket, she uncovered a $20,000 prize. 
"It’s definitely a fresh start," said Blackwell of her win. 
Two years ago, the company she worked for, O’Sullivan Industries, ceased operations in Lamar.  The Missouri Division of Workforce Development applied for a grant to offer job training for the affected employees, and Blackwell decided to participate in the program.  She has been working on a new degree and recently accepted two part-time positions at local hospitals in her new career field – respiratory therapy. 
"The last two years were pretty rough," said Blackwell.  "But maybe things are looking up." 
Blackwell indicated that most of the prize money would be used to settle debt she had accumulated while she was unemployed. 
"I went home and got on my knees," said Backwell.  "I’m so grateful." 
"Cash Explosion" is a $5 Scratchers ticket with a top prize of $100,000.  The game officially began on Jan. 14.  

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