January 22, 2010
Change of Plans for U.S. Naval Reservist Delivers $50,000 Win
U.S. Naval reservists are accustomed to keeping their composure in various situations. However, Chris Webb of Bates City threw caution to the wind when he discovered that his Missouri Lottery "Crossword" Scratchers ticket held a $50,000 top prize on Jan. 19.
"I jumped across the counter and gave her (clerk) a big kiss and a ’thanks,’" he recalled.
The first-time Lottery winner explained that he was "getting ready to fill out the paperwork to go into active duty" when he decided to stop by The Tobacco House, 304 E. U.S. Highway 40 in Bates City, for a pizza and a few Scratchers tickets.
"I thought that I’d only won $500," he revealed. "I thought I only had nine words, but the lady behind the counter pointed out that I had missed scratching some off. So, she pointed that out, and told me it was $50,000."
After realizing he was $50,000 richer, he traveled to his home to share the news with his wife and two children. Webb noted that he had to tell his wife three times that he was serious about winning the Lottery before she believed the news. The celebration continued until his children’s bedtime, because the "kids had to get up for school."
," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on July 18, 2009.