2010-04-29 14:46:35.37

Marshall Woman Follows Signs, Wins Big

Story Photo audio icon A Marshall woman’s luck is improving after following the signs to a $77,000 payday.  Deborah Schehl considers herself a regular Lottery player, but her last big win was $250 about 10 years ago.  Still, she buys a few Scratchers tickets every payday along with her regular purchase of a Powerball ticket twice a week, because "the day you don’t buy one is the day your numbers come up."  It was a combination of lucky signs on April 21 that led her to break routine and buy the ticket that changed her life. 
"I was driving my car and my odometer went to five sevens all the way across," recalled Schehl.   "The time was the same time that my alarm clock is set for in the morning, and the temperature was 69 degrees, which is the year I was born." 
Schehl said she took a picture of her odometer and sent it to her sister, telling her, "I’m going to win the Powerball tonight!"  Figuring the sevens were a sign, she also decided to purchase a "Silver 7’s" Scratchers ticket. 
"Seven is my favorite number, and I saw all those sevens, so I thought, ’I’m going to buy one of those Silver 7’s,’" she said.
Stopping at Casey’s General Store, 121 E. Eastwood in Marshall, Schehl purchased one "Silver 7’s" Scratchers ticket and put it in her purse for later.  While scratching the ticket at her home, she discovered that the ticket held the top prize - $77,000. 
Oddly enough, there was a Powerball jackpot winner that night from Marshall.  But Schehl was more than happy with her win. 

"This is going to help me so much," she said.  "My kids were just jumping up and down." 
The 40-year-old single mother-of-two had been struggling to pay the bills.  Schehl went through two job changes in the last year and now works for LabCorp in Kansas City.  It’s a long commute for the Marshall resident, but she had some ideas on how to make it more enjoyable. 
"I’m going to pay some bills, put some aside to invest or whatever," surmised Schehl.  "It’s not going to set me for life, but it’s sure going to help.  And you know you’ve got to do something crazy if you win a lot of money, like take the kids to Disneyland, or go on a Nickelodeon cruise, or buy a 1969 Mach 1 Mustang." 
Schehl said she will continue to play the Lottery and will keep looking for the signs. 
"I am so thankful.  I really am.  And I’m superstitious, so, definitely believe in those numbers!" 
"Silver 7’s" is a $5 game that officially began Feb. 27.  The top prize is $77,000, and more than half of the prizes remain in the game.  Players can track prizes remaining for this and all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games here at Molottery.com.

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