2009-04-07 13:40:09.937

Caruthersville Woman Calls $50,000 Lottery Win 'Extraordinary'

Though she’s been known to buy Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets from time to time, Betty Woodall “stayed in a daze for a while” when her Crossword ticket recently revealed the $50,000 top prize.

She had won smaller amounts in the past, but nothing more than $500.

“This feels great right here,” she said of her win.  “I can’t really describe it; it’s extraordinary.”

According to the 60-year-old home healthcare worker, “I’m real happy about it.  I sure am.  It came right at the right time.” 

Even if it “didn’t seem real” at first, she did come up with a plan for the money since purchasing her winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, 825 Ferguson in Caruthersville.

 “The first thing I’m going to do is buy me an almost new car,” revealed Woodall.  “It’s a 2008 Malibu,” she enthusiastically added.

"Crossword" is a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000.  The game officially began on Feb. 28 and has 12 top prizes and numerous additional prizes remaining.

The Missouri Lottery generates nearly $1 billion a year in sales and contributes more than $265 million annually to Missouri public education programs, including the A+ Scholarship Program, the Virtual Schools program, Special Education Excess Costs, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program and Future Minority Teacher Scholarships.  In fiscal year 2008, the Missouri Lottery ranked sixth in percentage increase in sales among the 42 United States lotteries.

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