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November 18, 2010

Queen City Woman Wins Lottery for Third Time in Three Years

Story Photo audio icon Winning the Missouri Lottery has become a routine event for Vickie Pruett of Queen City.  The lucky Lottery winner has scratched her way to a total of three prizes of more than $10,000 in three years. 

The 54-year-old mother of two and grandmother of four, won $10,000 on a “Mega Cash” Scratchers ticket in 2008.  The following year, she claimed a $20,000 prize on a “100 Million Dollar Blockbuster” Scratchers ticket.  She returned to Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City for a third time on Nov. 15 to claim another $10,000 prize, this time on a “$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza” Scratchers ticket.

In addition to her three high-tier wins, she has also won prize amounts between $100 and $1,000 “a dozen times or so” in the past several years.

“I feel very blessed,” said Pruett, who purchased her most recent winning ticket before heading to her Queen City home on Nov. 12.

She explained that Casey’s General Store, Route 1 Box 209A in Queen City, is near her house, so she often stops for Scratchers tickets.

“I won several $500 (prizes) there, several $1,000 (prizes) there, but never would I believe I’d win a $10,000 (prize) there,” she revealed, referring to the location of where she bought her winning $10,000 ticket.

Pruett’s children and grandchildren have grown accustomed to learning that she won the Lottery.  According to her daughter Jennifer, it has become so commonplace to hear that she won, that her grandchildren expect her to win and share her prizes like she has done in the past.

“My nephew asked my mom if she was going to give his aunt Jen another $1,000 and all of the grandkids another $100 like before,” Jennifer said with a laugh. 

Pruett joked that she “only won $10,000 this time and not $20,000 like last time,” so they might not get a cut.  As for plans for the windfall, she plans to catch up on bills.

"$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza," a $20 game with a top prize of $5 million, officially began on Jan. 23.

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