2009-03-12 15:47:26.27

Lamar Machine Operator Wins $100,000 Top Prize

Story Photo A Lamar woman is a $100,000 richer after uncovering the top prize on a Missouri Lottery "Big Money" Scratchers ticket.  Kathy Leedy, 48, "almost hyperventilated" in her vehicle outside of Murphy USA, 25 SW First Lane in Lamar, on March 6 after she scratched off her winning Lottery ticket.

"I was so excited that I drove straight home with the ticket in my hand to tell my husband," explained Leedy.  "I nearly broke down the door getting into my house."

Leedy, a first-time Lottery winner, was able to share the news with her husband of 19 years, Don, and her parents at the same time, as her parents were visiting when she arrived at her home.

"I said, ’You’re not going to believe this, but I just won $100,000," she announced.  "My mom replied, ’Let me see that ticket!’"

Leedy, a machine operator, works the night shift with her husband, a master technician, at Leggett and Platt in Carthage.

"We thought about claiming the ticket the next day, but we decided to drive the 70 miles from Lamar to the Springfield office today, since we’re both off work during the day," noted Leedy.

The Leedy’s plan to pay bills, save money and take a vacation with their windfall.

"We’ll probably go to a NASCAR™ race, too," she said.

"Big Money," a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000, officially began on Dec. 10. 

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