2010-05-12 16:44:45.557

Daughter-in-Law Receives $50,000 Welcome Home Gift

Story Photo audio icon Paula Bales, a 33-year-old military reservist stationed in Maryland, gets only a few weeks per year to return to her home in Salisbury.  The mother of four looks forward to these visits, because she gets reunited with her family.  Her most recent trip was made even more memorable because of a "welcoming home gift" that she received from her mother-in-law.  Vivian Bales knows how much her daughter-in-law likes to play Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets, so she bought her a "Price is Right" ticket to scratch off in the car.   

"She’s in the military, and she’s coming home for a couple of weeks, and I just thought I’d be nice and buy her a ticket, because she doesn’t get to play where she’s at," said Vivian.

The gesture turned out to be very "nice" indeed, as Paula uncovered the $50,000 top prize.  Paula showed the ticket to her mother-in-law, who said, "Surely it’s wrong, it’s got to be a misprint," but as luck would have it, her gift turned out to be worth $50,000.

The family was in "complete shock" while in the car on April 30, but Paula said it’s finally starting to "sink in."

"I’m happy if I just get the money back that I spent," Paula revealed.

Although the win is "exciting," the first-time Lottery winner noted that she was simply happy to be home with her loved ones, and the windfall "added something extra to an already special time."

"I’m happy for them," said Vivian.  "They can really use the money with the four kids.  I’m glad I bought it.  I’m glad she got it.  And it was a nice welcome home for her.  And she deserved it for everything she does."

The winning ticket was purchased at Mike’s, 600 W. Highway 24, in Salisbury.            

"Price is Right," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on May 1. 

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