December 16, 2010
Oran Woman Rubs Eyes and Sees $10,000 Prize
Tammy Burks of Oran is accustomed to tending to others. She works as a caregiver, has three children and three grandchildren. On Dec. 5, the 46-year-old realized that she was being taken care of with an unexpected $10,000 Missouri Lottery prize.
“I was at work, and I asked my son if he would go to Chaffee to get me some tickets,” she explained.
The first-time Lottery winner wasn’t sure what to think when she uncovered the $10,000 prize on the “100 Million Dollar Blockbuster” Scratchers ticket her son had purchased at Chaffee Food Giant, 12151 State Highway 77, in Chaffee.
“I took my glasses off and rubbed my eyes, and I looked at it again with my glasses on,” she recalled.
Fighting back “happy tears,” she dialed her son’s telephone number.
“I called him on the phone, and told him that I was screaming and jumping up in the air,” she said. “The ticket is on the table, and he’s going, ‘Calm down. You didn’t win, mom.’”
Her son’s first question was, “Do you have your glasses on?”
“Confused, nervous and excited,” Burks asked her son to stop by where she was working to look at the ticket. After careful inspection, he changed his tune and informed his mother that she “really did win.”
When Burks returned home after her shift, she placed the ticket in the safest place she could think of – underneath her granddaughter’s crib mattress.
“It’s overwhelming!” she exclaimed. “I don’t know what I’m going to do now. I want a car, and I want to help my family, and I want to get something special for the lady I take care of.”
She summed up her experience by noting that the prize will allow her family to have “a very good Christmas.”
"100 Million Dollar Blockbuster
," a $10 game with a top prize of $1 million, officially began on Sept. 26, 2007.