2009-11-30 08:10:40.463

Huntsville Man Wins $25,000 in "Holiday Cash"

Story Photo audio icon A phone call about a dream led a Huntsville man to a $25,000 Missouri Lottery prize.  Dustin Brown, 25, wasn’t sure what to do on Nov. 24.  He had gone to Columbia to play bingo, but a surprise kept him from reaching his destination. 
"My cousin called me and told me she had a dream that I won the lottery," recalled Brown.  "It was weird, because I didn’t know if I should go to bingo or not.  She said, ’Just go to bingo, because I had a dream you won money on a Lottery ticket.’"    
Nearly out of gas, Brown pulled over at Casey’s General Store, 3009 Paris Road in Columbia.  In addition to fuel, he bought five $2 "Holiday Cash" Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets. 
"I wanted the $5 holiday ticket, but they didn’t have any," explained Brown.  "So I got five of those instead.  I went to my car and started scratching, and then my mouth dropped.  I was like, ’Wow!’" 
After discovering the $25,000 prize, Brown "started shaking" and said he couldn’t drive home. 
"I saw $10,000 and said, ’What?’ And then I saw all these $1,000s.  I thought I was dreaming." 
Brown said that he didn’t have any firm plans for the windfall.  He may get something "that he’s always wanted," and indicated that he may spend some money on a "big truck." 
"I’m country," declared Brown.  "I’m from Huntsville.  Everybody has a truck." 
Brown didn’t make it to bingo that night, but he left little doubt that he would be back. 
"You can’t win if you don’t play," he said. 
"Holiday Cash" is a $2 game that officially began on Oct. 24.  The game features a top prize of $25,000, and non-winning tickets are eligible for the Missouri Lottery’s "Holiday Magic" second-chance promotion.

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