2009-03-11 09:08:22.857

Festus Woman Takes Home $100,000 Lottery Prize

A retired United Graphic Arts employee was "shaking" with excitement on March 2 after discovering she held a winning Missouri Lottery ticket.  Charlene Welch, 70, currently works one day a week at the Eagles Club in Festus, but her decision to purchase a "$200,000 A Year For Life" Scratchers ticket is providing her with a  $100,000 paycheck.

"I didn’t think it was real," revealed Welch, a first-time Lottery winner.  "It took a while to dawn on me that I really did win."

According to Welch, she scratched the Lottery ticket on the counter at Philips 66, 2854 Highway 67 in Festus, and she couldn’t believe her eyes when she uncovered the $100,000 prize.

"I thought it had to be fake," she revealed.  "I asked the clerk to check the ticket for me, and I think she was shaking as much as I was!"

The news is still "sinking in" for Welch, who plans to take a vacation with a portion of the prize money.

"I could really use this money for a lot of different things, so I am going to think about it for awhile," she said.

"$200,000 A Year For Life" is the Missouri Lottery’s second $20 Scratchers game.  The game, which officially began on Jan. 31, offers more than $76 million in prizes and a top prize of $200,000 a year for life.

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