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October 21, 2009

St. Louis Woman Spells Her Way to $50,000 Prize

Donna Purvis says she has better luck when her Lottery ticket purchases are spur-of-the-moment.  It was just such a last-minute decision that landed the St. Louis woman a $50,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery “Crossword” Scratchers ticket.

“When something just catches my eye, that’s when it seems like I win the most,” she said.

According to Purvis, a stop at a nearby salon for a manicure led her to run into the 7-Eleven, 703 Union Road in St. Louis, “to get a water.”  While there, she decided on impulse to buy one $3 Scratchers ticket, as well as five $1 tickets.

After scratching her tickets in the parking lot, she thought she had matched 10 words on her “Crossword” game, earning the corresponding $5,000 prize.

“I was thrilled,” she said.  “Then I went and got my manicure and went home.”

Her winning story, however, did not end there.

While sharing her good news with a former boss later that night, she was encouraged to check her “Crossword” ticket again, very carefully.

“She said, ‘That one more word makes a big difference,’” Purvis explained of their conversation.

It was good advice.  Upon closer inspection, Purvis realized the word “panorama” was indeed the 11th word on her ticket, bumping her up to the game’s top prize.

“I know exactly what I’m going to do with it,” she said of her winnings.  “I’m going to pay off my bills, help a couple of friends and relatives and put the rest in a certificate of deposit.”

Future purchases of Lottery tickets will remain unplanned and spontaneous.

“It’s easy to get carried away when you win, so you have to be careful,” she said.  “Do it for fun, not for profit.”

Remaining prizes for “Crossword” total more than $7 million.  The $3 Scratchers game, which officially began July 18, offers a top prize of $50,000.  

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