2009-09-08 12:27:06.493

Wellsville Man Wins More than Enough to Pay Phone Bill

Story Photo audio icon Two years ago a Wellsville construction worker found himself holding a winning Missouri Lottery "Lifetime Riches" Scratchers ticket worth $20,000.  As luck would have it, Archie Kemp won again – this time $5,000 on a "Crossword" ticket.

Although Kemp admitted that "Crossword" wasn’t his favorite game, he decided to make the purchase, because "it keeps my mind sharp looking at the words."

"I just wanted to win enough money to pay my phone bill," he added. 

Kemp ended up with a prize that allowed him to pay his telephone bill and then some. 

"I checked it five times," he shared.  "You’ve got to really look at it hard sometimes, because you can get the letters confused."

In terms of advice for fellow Lottery players, he says to "keep scratching."

"It’s a pretty special thing, the Lottery, because it can change your life overnight.  It really can."

Kemp purchased the winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, 222 W. Hudson St. in Wellsville, on Aug. 28.

"Crossword," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on July 18. 

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