2011-01-25 11:54:40.547

Soda Stop Leads Sikeston Woman to $10,000 Surprise

Story Photo audio icon A stop to purchase a soda did more than quench a Sikeston woman’s thirst.  Melissa Nance, 33, said she didn’t go into BJ’s Kwik Shop, 905 S. Main St. in Sikeston, intending to purchase Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets.  However, while she was standing at the checkout counter, two games caught her eye. 

“I said to go ahead and give me that (“MONOPOLY™” ticket) and a “Cherry Twist,” Nance said.  “I hit it, and I thought that I was crazy!”

The first-time Lottery winner noted the “Cherry Twist” Scratchers ticket was a non-winner, but she fared better on the “MONOPOLY™” game, which held a $10,000 prize.

“I was talking to myself,” she recalled, referring to the moment she uncovered the prize.  “The lady said, ‘Do you want me to check it?’  I said, ‘Yes, ma’am!’”

Excited and shocked, Nance couldn’t remember exactly what she did after learning her ticket was a winner, but she recalls saying, “Oh, my gosh,” and “I can’t believe it” several times in a row.  

Through tears of happiness, she called her father to share the news.

“It was amazing,” added the mother of three.  “I think that I’m going to put it toward a new car.” 

When asked to sum up her first experience winning the Missouri Lottery, she boiled her feelings down to three words – “different, great and happy!”

MONOPOLY™",  a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on Dec. 4.

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