2009-07-23 14:11:53.97

Springfield Woman Spells Her Way to $50,000 Prize

A Springfield woman was "elated" when she discovered the top prize on a Missouri Lottery "Crossword" Scratchers ticket worth $50,000 on July 17.  Marie Browning, a first-time Lottery winner, bought five tickets at Kum and Go, 2404 E. Lark St. in Springfield, and found the top prize on the third ticket she scratched at her home.

"I couldn’t believe the third ticket was the winning one," she began.  "I have been playing the Lottery since it started in the 80s, and I have never won more than $100!"

According to Browning, a receptionist at Headline Salon in Springfield, she "couldn’t wait for Monday to come," because she discovered the winning ticket on Friday evening after the Lottery offices had closed.

"I put the ticket in a safe place over the weekend," she added.

When asked about plans for the prize money, the mother of five, grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of two, said she planned to "pay off a credit card and help some of my children."

In terms of advice for fellow Lottery players, Browning is proof that persistence pays off.

"I’d tell players that it does happen," she said.  "Keep playing, but don’t be unwise about what you’re spending."

"Crossword," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on Feb. 28.  To date, there are six top prizes, as well as thousands of prizes ranging from $3 to $5,000 remaining in play.

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