2009-02-24 16:11:45.04

Russellville Man Wins $50,000 Crossword Prize

An Allied Waste truck driver picked up a $50,000 top prize on Feb. 22.  When it comes to winning, Richard Ousley, 56, of Russellville says "you have to be lucky and be in the right place at the right time."

Ousley has been playing the Missouri Lottery’s "Crossword" Scratchers game for "a while," but only recently won a big prize.

"I scratched the ticket in the store," began Ousley.  "I said to the guy sitting near me, ’If I get one more word, I will win $50,000.’"

As luck would have it, Ousley did "get one more word," and ended up winning the top prize, worth $50,000.

"I took the ticket to the store clerk and he told me it was real, but I had to take it to a Lottery office to claim," he said.

According to Oulsey, a first-time Lottery winner, he plans to pay bills and "put money in the bank" with his windfall.

Ousley purchased the winning ticket from Merten’s Mini-Mart, 13108 Highway Centre in Russellville.

"Crossword," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on Aug. 30, 2008.

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