2009-09-21 16:44:54.357

Change in Plans Leads Columbia Woman to "Crossword" Cash

Story Photo audio icon On the way to a doctor’s appointment, a Columbia woman decided to stop at Ultra Mart, 3101 S. Providence Road in Columbia, to cash in a Missouri Lottery "Crossword" Scratchers ticket.  The ticket was worth $3, but rather than receive the money, Jerri Kindle, 38, tried her luck on another "Crossword" ticket. 

"I very seldom buy Scratchers tickets," she revealed.

Yet, it was the spur-of-the moment decision on Sept. 21 that led her to a $5,000 prize.

The first-time Lottery winner plans to "put in a new heating system into the house" with the windfall.

As for advice for fellow Lottery winners, she said to "keep going."

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

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