2010-05-17 15:35:49.037

St. Louis Grandmother Counts Words To Win $50,000

audio icon A St. Louis executive assistant is planning a celebration after confirming that she held a winning Missouri Lottery "Crossword" Scratchers ticket.  The ticket was purchased by her husband on Friday, scratched on Saturday, and then kept Norma Wallner on pins and needles until she confirmed her good fortune at the St. Louis Lottery office on Monday, May 10.
"I wasn’t sure.  I actually thought that I had 10 words.  I thought I won the $5,000," stated Wallner.  "I asked my son first.  And he said there were 11, but then he counted again and said, ’No, there’s 10.’  Then I went to my husband and he counted 11 right away.   So then we counted again, and wrote them down, and counted them again.  And then we had 11!"
Spelling words is how players add up winnings on the "Crossword" ticket.  The prizes increase with each word players are able to spell using letters uncovered on the ticket.  The Wallners took the ticket to two retail locations to confirm their win, but were consoled only with the knowledge they would have to claim their ticket at a Lottery office.  With 11 words, Wallner did indeed win $50,000. 
"I wasn’t positive until I got out here today," said Wallner while claiming the ticket.  "We were very happy to get out here today and find out that it was." 
The "Crossword" ticket was purchased at Dirt Cheap, 1200 Big Bill Road, in Arnold. 
The 59-year-old grandmother said the money would be used to pay some bills, fix up the house, and some will be used as "fun" money, without putting a definition on "fun."  But, surely more "Crossword" Scratchers tickets will fall into that category. 
"Keep playing it," suggested Wallner.  "You can’t win if you don’t play."
"Crossword," is a $3 ticket with a top prize $50,000.  The latest incarnation of this popular game officially began on Feb. 27.  More than half of the top prizes available in the game have yet to be found.  Track prizes for this and all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games here at Molottery.com. 

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