2009-09-08 15:32:03.193

Rolla Woman Plays to Win and Cashes In

Story Photo audio icon A Rolla mother of two is taking her family to dinner tonight to celebrate her good fortune.  Rhonda Stover, 31, said that she "randomly" buys Missouri Lottery tickets at one particular location, but a "good feeling" about Kroger Store, 605 W. 4th St. in Rolla, led her to make a purchase on Sept. 5. 

"Something told me to go to Kroger and get some," she recalled.  "I spent $30 on tickets, and I won $5,020!" 

Stover’s win was "pretty exciting," but she had a difficult time convincing her husband and her "nana" that she was really a winner. 

"I jumped up, and I told my husband," she began.  "He didn’t believe me.  So, I jumped in my car and we went to my nana’s house, and banged on her door and about gave her a heart attack.  She couldn’t believe it either!"

For proof, Stover decided to return to the store where she purchased the winning ticket.

"I went back and had them check the ticket, and it said, ’file claim form,’ so I showed my husband that piece of paper," she added.

According to the first-time Lottery winner, her husband still thought there "was a catch to it," but she ultimately proved him wrong after claiming the ticket on Sept. 8 at the Missouri Lottery’s Jefferson City office.

In terms of advice for fellow Scratchers players, Stover had this to say.

"You’ve got to play to win.  Don’t give up.  I’m proof." 

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

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