The end of an 11-hour bartending shift and a stop at a local convenience store led a Springfield woman to uncover a $20,000 prize on the Missouri Lottery’s “$200,000 A Year For Life” Scratchers ticket. Heidi Beth Younger, 39, bought the winning ticket on March 20 and claimed her prize at the Lottery’s St. Louis regional office on March 23.
Though she regularly plays Scratchers games, Younger noted they were “usually not the $20 tickets.”
“I don’t even know why,” she responded when asked why she decided to buy one that day. “I stopped on my way home from work, and I just had a vibe on it.”
Younger walked out to her car to scratch her ticket and quickly “started screaming” when her prize was revealed. She took the ticket back into the store for verification and was so excited she “gave each one of the workers a hundred dollar bill.”
She then called her sister to relay the good news, but was told, “We’re not having a conversation until you calm down,” she remembered with a laugh.
“My husband is going to get a car out of it,” Younger continued. “And we have a huge family reunion next summer in the Faroe Islands (between Scotland and Iceland),” she said, explaining how she had wondered if she would be able to afford it.
Younger purchased her winning “$200,000 A Year For Life” ticket at Kum & Go, 425 N. West Bypass in Springfield. “$200,000 A Year For Life” is a $20 game offering the best payout percentage in Missouri Lottery history. The game, which officially began Jan. 31, offers more than $76 million in prizes and a top prize of $200,000 a year for life.