2010-06-15 13:34:01.88

Florida Woman Wins $10,000 While Vacationing in Missouri

Story Photo audio icon A couple from Florida will have happy memories of their recent visit to Missouri after winning $10,000 on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.  While many Americans are packing up the RV for a trip to Walt Disney World Resort® near their home in Davenport, Leo and Linda Woodward were heading the opposite direction – back to Shelbina for a family reunion.  Regular Lottery players in their home state, Linda joked that they will tease their local retailer about having to travel to Missouri to get a winning ticket.  
"We stopped at Ayerco and got a drink," began Linda.  "I picked up a Powerball ticket and a Lotto ticket for last night, and asked the girl what was the latest in the $2 tickets.  She showed me, and I picked one out." 
While Leo was chatting with other people at Ayerco, 301 N. Center St. in Shelbina, Linda sat down and began to scratch the "Triple Dough" ticket.  After uncovering the $10,000 prize, Linda sought confirmation from her husband. 
"I thought, ’It can’t be.’  So I’m looking down at the bottom of the ticket saying, ’Am I reading this right?’" recalled Linda.  "And then I walked over…" 
"She was really smiling," Leo interjected.  "I said, ’Did you win?’  She shook her head yes and held the ticket out for me to see.  I looked and said, ’Wow, a thousand bucks!’" 
"And I said, ’Look again,’" added Linda. 
The store clerk then offered to cash the ticket for them.  
"So I give it to her," said Linda.  "And she said, ’Oh, no I won’t!’"
Winning tickets more than $600 must be claimed at a Missouri Lottery office, so the Woodwards traveled to Jefferson City on June 10 to claim their $10,000 prize.   
The Woodwards are retired, although they both still work on occasion.  Linda is "on call" for a grocery marketing company, and Leo most recently helped with the census.  The couple will use the windfall to fund a different kind of vacation. 
"The first thing he said was, ’Well, I guess we’ve got money for our 50th anniversary in September,’" explained Linda, who is originally from England.
The couple met while Leo was in the military, and Linda became a U.S. citizen in 1964 after moving to Missouri.  They said a cruise would be a nice way to celebrate their lifelong commitment. 
"Triple Dough" is a $2 game that officially began May 1.  The top prize is $30,000, of which several remain.

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