September 29, 2009
Eldon Couple Wins $30,000 Scratchers Prize
The workers of the Bee Line Snack Shop in Hartsburg have a saying about one of their regular customers - she plays, he pays. That’s how they describe the routine of the Csolaks of Eldon, who stop at the Conoco station at 21340 S. Mt. Pleasant Road every day, on their way home from work in Boone county.
"I play Lottery, and he pays for my soda when he comes in," explained Eleanor Csolak. Her husband, J.C., joked, "I just sit there like a little dog, you know."
"I had played several tickets and won a total of $18," started Eleanor. "He said, ’I have to go to the restroom.’ So I took my tickets up there, and I bought $18 worth. The last ticket I scratched was the ’Triple Fortune’, and all I could say was, ’Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!’"
"They were teasing me today at work," added J.C., "because I said I had to use the restroom and everyone took off for the Lottery!"
Eleanor explained that she likes to play Scratchers games and lets her husband handle buying the Lotto and Powerball tickets. She plays a variety of different games based on whatever "feels good." Her purchase on Sept. 22 included a $2 "Triple Fortune" Scratchers ticket which revealed the top prize of $30,000.
"When I walk up to the counter, there’s just something…" said Eleanor. "I don’t always play the same ones, but they kind of like, just say, ’Ok, these are the ones I need to play.’"
According to J.C., Eleanor has relatively good luck playing Scratchers games. While the largest prize they’ve won until now was $900, she frequently wins smaller prizes and has used winnings to pay for Christmas presents in years past.
"When I come out of the bathroom, they both had this ’deer-in-the-headlight’ look," said J.C. "At first, I thought something was wrong with her. She said, ’You’ll never guess what I won.’"
The Csolaks said the only plans for now were to put the $30,000 prize in the bank.
"There’s nothing that I really want to buy right now," explained Eleanor. "So I’d rather wait until it’s something that I really want."
"There are several things that I’m sure we’d like to do," J.C. said. "She’s the one who won it. She’s the lucky one in the family. The only thing I was ever lucky at was finding her."
is a $2 game with a top prize of $30,000. The game officially began Jan. 31.