Together, Janice Carman and her granddaughter Casey Duncan, both of Paris, claimed one of 120 $10,000 cash prizes offered in the Missouri Lottery’s “$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza” Scratchers game. Carman purchased the winning ticket at Abel’s Quik Shop, 719 S. Main St. in Paris, on Aug. 26.
“I had played a few of those tickets earlier today and hadn’t won, and it was a brand new roll,” Carman, 61, explained. “And I said, ‘That thing’s getting ready to pay off.”
Though Scratchers tickets are printed at random, and winners are just as likely to be found anywhere within any given roll of tickets, Carman stands behind her “system” for selecting and scratching tickets.
“I scratch all my numbers first, and then the (three-digit) code that’s on there,” she continued. “I feel like if there’s a zero in it, I’m going to be lucky.”
As she progressed through the scratching of this particular ticket, she “thought I was working on a $100 winner here.”
She was pleasantly surprised when the total tally was revealed to be $10,000.
Carman plans to get new glasses and pay bills with her winnings. She also decided to share half of the prize with granddaughter Casey, 19, who will use her portion for school at Moberly Area Community College.
“$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza,” a $20 game that officially began Jan. 23, offers more than $98.6 million in available prizes, including three top prizes of $5 million. To date, all three top prizes remain unclaimed.