2010-12-02 08:36:31.957

Cappuccino Stop Warms Up Lake Ozark Woman's Wallet

Story Photo audio icon The third time was a charm for a Lake Ozark woman who received a $100,000 stocking stuffer on Dec. 1.  Peggy Ede, 48, stopped at Break Time, 2259 Bagnell Dam Blvd. in Lake Ozark, for a cappuccino and a Missouri Lottery “Merry Money” Scratchers ticket.  Moments later, she realized that she had won her third and largest prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket during the past year.  She won $10,000 in March, $100 in November and $100,000 in December.

“I was in my truck, and I scratched one number,” she recalled.  “I thought that at least I got my money back.”

After taking a closer look, she realized that she had missed several zeroes. Rather than winning a $10 prize like she thought, she had uncovered a top prize of $100,000. 

“I ran out and ran into the store and started screaming, ‘Give me a pen!  I want to sign my name on it right away!’” she recalled with a laugh. 
The former Break Time employee said that she knew “all the people that work there.”

“They were pretty happy for me,” she added. 
After “a lot of screaming and hollering,” the contract laborer drove to work, where her bosses “put it (ticket) in the safe” for the duration of her shift.
That night, she kept her ticket safe by stowing it on a high shelf away from her two dogs that “eat everything.”
It was a sleepless night for the mother of four and grandmother of five, who was “up every hour looking at it” to make sure the winning ticket was still on the shelf and out of her dogs’ mouths.

While claiming her prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City the following morning, Ede began to realize what had just happened.

“It’s finally hitting me,” she shared.  “It’s unbelievable.  I’ve had a really rough year.  I’m really blessed and thankful.”
As for how she will spend the windfall, she has a plan.
“The first thing, I’m going to write three checks for my three oldest kids and help them out,” she explained.  “Then, I’m going to pay off my car and a few things.  And, I have a lot of home improvements.  I need a new roof and siding.  I no longer have to worry about running short.”

In March, Ede credited her daughter Jenny’s favorite color for leading her to a $10,000 winning Scratchers ticket.
“She loves the color pink,” Ede noted, referring to why she bought the largely pink “$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza” Scratchers ticket more than nine
months ago.  “I said, ‘I want that pretty pink one for my daughter.”
Jenny was back by her mother’s side to claim the $100,000 prize, along with Jenny’s fiancé and their three-month old baby boy.
“It’s going to be a good Christmas for him (grandson),” said Ede.  “My main goal is to help my family.  It’s a good feeling.”

"Merry Money," a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000, officially began on Oct. 23.

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