The stock market crash of 1929 provided just the winning numbers for Ramona Blankenship of Scott City to claim a total of $39,750 in prizes playing the Missouri Lottery’s Pick 4 game.
“I was watching the Nightly Business Report, and they had a story about the stock market crash 80 years ago on Oct. 29,” she explained. “I didn’t have any numbers picked until that came up.”
The story was enough to plant the seed, and Blankenship decided to play the number combination of 1-9-2-9 for the Oct. 29 Evening Pick 4 drawing. She purchased five tickets using Pick 4’s “straight” play type, meaning if her numbers were drawn in exact order, she’d receive the top prize of $6,000. She also purchased three additional tickets, using the “straight/box” play type, allowing her numbers to be drawn in exact order or any order for a top prize amount of $3,750.
When the tickets were totaled, she had accumulated $39,750 in prize money.
“I went and checked my tickets at one of those Check-A-Ticket machines,” she said of the moment she discovered her tribute to “The Great Crash” had paid off. “My daughter was sitting there, and I told her I was getting weak, and she thought I was getting sick. I said, ‘Look at the screen,’ and then she knew why I was getting weak!”
Blankenship, who purchased her tickets at Kelso Kwik Shop, 138 N. Highway 61 in Kelso, plans to “pay some bills off” with her Pick 4 earnings.
The Oct. 29 Evening drawing paid out 315 percent in prizes, with a total of 122 winning tickets worth a total of $122,170.
Pick 4 drawings are held at 12:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. daily.