2009-07-28 09:57:40.98

Huntsville Woman Spells Her Way to $5,000 Prize

Story Photo audio icon A stay-at-home mother of three found herself holding a winning Missouri Lottery "Crossword" Scratchers ticket on July 26.  Daylynn Sunderland, 26, thought she "won $100 at most," but was happily surprised to discover that she actually won a $5,000 prize.

"I sure didn’t expect to win that much," revealed Sunderland.  "I looked at it five times to make sure.  My husband said, ’Don’t lose it whatever you do!’"

According to Sunderland, she "kept thinking I overlooked a letter and scratched one I shouldn’t have scratched."  After the first-time Lottery winner and her husband checked the ticket several more times, they "put it in a safe place" in their home until the next morning.

When asked about plans for the prize money, she said her son had an idea of his own.

"The first thing my son said was, ’Mom, we’re going on vacation,’" she added.

In terms of advice for fellow Lottery players, she noted "you never know when you’re going to win."

Sunderland purchased the winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, 100 Railroad St. in Higbee.

"Crossword," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on July 18.  To date, 14 top prizes remain in play, as well as thousands of prizes ranging from $3 to $5,000. 

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