A couple of Williamsville residents have more to celebrate than just good neighborly relations. Ruby Prewitt and Jack Eads won $100,000 playing the Missouri Lottery’s “$200,000 A Year for Life” Scratchers game. Each claimed their $50,000 share of the prize at the Lottery’s St. Louis regional office on Oct. 15.
Neighbors for 30 years, the two happened to run into each other at the local gas station, not exactly an uncommon occurrence in Williamsville.
“It’s a small town of 379 people,” Prewitt explained.
While frequent encounters with friendly faces might be commonplace, what happened after the pair decided to go in together on two Scratchers tickets definitely was not.
“I’m always teasing him (Eads) about taking chances,” Prewitt said. “I told him, ‘Let’s turn loose of some money and split whatever it is.’”
With the persuading done and the purchase made, Prewitt began to scratch one of the tickets while still in the store. As the winning numbers revealed themselves, she figured her neighbor was happy about their decision.
“He was as excited as I was,” she said of their win.
In fact, it wasn’t the first time such an endeavor had worked to their advantage.
“Every time I talk him into playing, he wins,” she laughed. “Last time was $500.”
The winning ticket was purchased at Korner Kwik Stop, Highways A and 49 in Williamsville. Prewitt said she thought Eads might buy a new truck with his winnings, and she had already called her accountant.
“Mine will be invested,” she said.
Remaining prizes for “$200,000 A Year for Life” total more than $41 million. The $20 Scratchers game, which officially began Jan. 31, offers a top prize of $200,000 a year for life.