March 9, 2011
Chance Purchase Leads a Springfield Woman to a $100,000 Prize
A Springfield woman was shaking with excitement after uncovering a $100,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery “10X The Cash” Scratchers ticket. Patricia Payne, 57, said she had never played that particular Lottery game, so she decided to take her chances and purchase four tickets at Discount Smoke Shop, 2845 W. Chestnut Expressway, in Springfield.
“The very first one I scratched was $100,000!” she exclaimed, noting that she was in the store’s parking lot at the time.
In a state of disbelief, the first-time Lottery winner rushed back into the store to confirm the win.
“I got pretty excited,” she said. “I’m still excited. After I calmed down sitting in my truck, I called my mom.”
Payne, who added that she was “in no shape to drive,” had her mother pick her up and drive her to the Lottery’s Springfield office to claim the prize.
When asked about plans for the windfall, the mother of two said the prize will “help a whole bunch.”
“Everybody needs help here and there,” she shared. “My kids have always helped me – and my mom. If I can help them, I’m going to do that.”
Payne, a self-proclaimed Scratchers enthusiast, admitted that she never dreamed she’d win $100,000. She plays for the “fun of playing,” but winning a top prize makes it “even more fun.”
"10X The Cash
," a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000, officially began on May 1, 2010.