2010-01-01 08:31:30.507

Springfield Woman Surprised by $10,003 Lottery Prize

Story Photo audio icon Carol Courdin of Springfield likes to buy Missouri Lottery tickets on occasion, and has become good friends with the employees at the Springfield regional Lottery office.  She made a trip the Lottery office on Dec. 21 to drop-off some entries for the Missouri Lottery’s "Holiday Magic" second-chance promotion and to turn in some winning Lottery tickets that she believed to be worth about $45.  When the clerk scanned her tickets, she got quite a surprise. 
"I gave Paula my ticket with a couple of other tickets.  She said, ’Carol, what did you think you won?’  I thought I won $33 on the ’Ho Ho Bingo’ ticket, and all together, I thought I won $45.  She said, ’No, you didn’t win that much.  You won $10,003.’  I was totally shocked," recalled Courdin. 
Courdin, who is retired, bought the winning "Ho Ho Bingo" Scratchers ticket at Kum & Go, 2161 E. Republic Ct. in Springfield, on Dec. 19.
"I went to a party that night, and I just took it home and laid it down," she explained.  "So, I got home from the party, and I thought, ’Well, I’ll scratch my tickets off.’"
Apparently, Courdin did not reveal all of the numbers on the ticket, leading her to believe that the ticket was worth less than it actually was.  She became more excited after the correct prize amount of $10,003 was confirmed. 
"I said, ’Whoa.  I was going to be happy with $33!’  I was totally blown away," she continued.  "I just couldn’t believe it."  
Courdin used some of the prize money to pay her property taxes and said she had plans to use the remainder to take a vacation next summer, possibly to visit her cousin in California. 
"If the weather gets really nasty here, I may go before then," Courdin speculated. 
"Ho Ho Bingo" is the holiday-themed version of the popular bingo game.  The $3 game officially began on Oct. 24 and features a top prize of $50,003.  Non-winning tickets are eligible for the Missouri Lottery’s "Holiday Magic" second-chance promotion, where players can win a trip to WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort® and other prizes.  The final entry deadline for the promotion is Jan. 5, 2010.

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