2010-06-11 08:40:05.647

Owensville Nurse Brings $5,000 Lottery Prize to Life

Story Photo audio icon An Owensville woman "couldn’t believe it" when she realized she won $5,000 on a Missouri Lottery "Crossword" Scratchers ticket on June 9.  Dorothy Saenger, a 59-year-old nurse, won $6 the previous day on "Crossword," and she decided to buy two more tickets with the winnings.  The first ticket she bought at Old Dutch Mill, 1988 Highway 50 in Owensville, was "a dud."  She fared better on the second ticket.

The mother of three thought she won $100 at first, because that’s "the most I’ve ever won."  After looking more closely, she realized that she won even more.

"I’m like, ’Oh, there’s one more,’" she began, referring to finding nine words in the puzzle.  "That can’t be.  I never get nine!"

While sharing the news with her son on the telephone, he convinced her to claim the prize that day.

"I was sitting outside the store, and I was thinking, ’Oh, if I just had a ’b,’ I’d have 10 words,’" she recalled.

Moments later, her eyes darted to the letterbox on the ticket, and she realized that sitting among the letters was an elusive letter "b."

"Oh my gosh!" she exclaimed.  "I had missed that ’b’ completely!  I went in (to the store), and I was pretty excited!"

The clerk informed Saenger, who was "kind of shaking" at the time, that she had actually won a $5,000 prize.

"Crossword," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on Feb. 27. 

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