2009-09-10 12:58:08.51

Grandview Woman Claims Show Me Cash Jackpot

Story Photo audio icon Bessie Evans of Grandview has a few favorite number combinations, and she plays them every day.  She plays a couple Pick 3 combinations twice a day and uses a set of family birthdates to purchase a Show Me Cash ticket for the nightly drawing. 
"I told them the only way you can win is play," explained Evans.  "And that’s what I’ve been doing – playing, and playing and playing.  And then I did win." 
The combination of birthdates came up in the September 6 Show Me Cash drawing:  5, 9, 19, 25 and 30.  Evans held the only ticket to match all five numbers and won the jackpot of $95,367.  She learned of her good fortune while checking her tickets the next day at the store where she bought it, Price Chopper, 12220 S. 71 Highway in Grandview.  
"When I first found out about it, I almost fainted," recalled Evans.  "And then I got happy.  I had everybody coming over and checking me out, wondering what was wrong with me." 
The next move for Evans was to call the youngest of her five children, Georgina, who lives in Minnesota.  While she didn’t believe the news at first, her daughter quickly made plans to visit and assist with the windfall.  
"My daughter said first I have to pay my bills off, and then I’ll go from there," said Evans. 
It won’t be all business, however.  According to Evans, there will be a trip to visit her daughter in Minnesota, and possibly a stop in Las Vegas.  And, of course, there are her daily numbers.  She played and won on straight combinations of 5s and 8s, which came up in Pick 3 earlier this year. 
"Now I really feel lucky," declared Evans. 
Show Me Cash is a pick five numbers game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins.

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