2009-09-21 12:56:34.46

Jefferson City Woman Wins on "Favorite Game"

Story Photo audio icon A self-proclaimed "Crossword" enthusiast found herself with a lot to be excited about on Sept. 21.  Julia Freeman of Jefferson City "couldn’t think" when she realized she was holding a Missouri Lottery "Crossword" Scratchers ticket worth $5,000 during her workday.

"I called my husband, and he didn’t answer the phone," she began.  "So, I texted him.  And then I called my sister, and then I texted my other sister.  I had to tell somebody!"

When Freeman finally reached her husband by telephone, she said he "was in disbelief."

"He kept saying, ’I love you, I love you,’" she added with a chuckle.

The first-time Lottery winner and office manager was able to take a short break from work to claim her prize at the Jefferson City Lottery office. 

The mother of four and grandmother of one said she has "always loved the ’Crosswords,’" and she intends to keep playing her "favorite game."

When asked about plans for the prize money, she noted that the prize money "came in very handy," because it will all go to bills. 

"It’s a dream," she said.

Freeman purchased the winning ticket at Break Time, 326 Ellis Blvd. in Jefferson City. 

"Crossword," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on July 18.  To date, four out of fourteen top prizes, as well as thousands of $3 to $5,000 prizes, have been awarded to players.

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