2009-08-26 09:51:46.547

St. Louis Woman Makes Lucky Choice, Wins $100,000

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An administrative assistant working in downtown St. Louis won $100,000 on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket she almost didn’t buy.  Angela Turner, 50, claimed her prize from the “$200,000 A Year For Life” Scratchers game at the Lottery’s St. Louis regional office on Aug. 24.

Recalling the chain of events that led to her win, Turner said she went to Metropolitan Newstands, 211 N. Broadway in St. Louis, to get lunch, but she didn’t plan on buying a Scratchers ticket.

“I almost didn’t get it,” she began.  “I said, ‘Oh, take it back…. No, give it to me’” of her indecision at the checkout counter.  “But something just said I needed to buy a $20 ticket.”

It was several hours later that she actually scratched off that ticket, revealing the $100,000 prize – though at first glance, she thought she had won far less.

“I said, ‘Wait a minute; that comma is in the wrong place,’” she said of the moment she realized the true amount of her prize.  She then “kept staring” at the ticket in disbelief. 

“It took a half hour to sink in,” she added.

Plans for the prize money include doing some work on her mother’s house and taking a cruise.

“$200,000 A Year For Life” is a $20 game that officially began Jan. 31.  Details on remaining prizes for “$200,000 A Year for Life” and all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games can be found at Molottery.com.

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