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April 14, 2011

Alton Woman is Keeping Job After Winning Top Lottery Prize

Story Photo audio icon Fifty-eight-year-old Glenda Bates won’t be retiring early, but her $75,000 Missouri Lottery win will “lighten the load a little bit.” Bates uncovered the first top prize in the “Bass Pro Shops®” Scratchers game on April 8.
           
“I was jumping up and down and screaming and everything,” recalled Bates, who bought the winning ticket at Fuel Express, Route 3, Box 3298, in Alton.
           
“I was thinking, ‘Oh, this is great!’” she exclaimed. “I can really pay some bills off. I thought, ‘Man, I can really help my kids and get some stuff for my great-grandkids.”
           
The mother-of-three immediately called one of her daughters to share the news.
           
“She (daughter) was as excited as I was,” she noted. 
           
It was late afternoon when Bates contacted a Lottery office to find out what she needed to do to claim her prize. Since she lives more than two hours away from the closest office, she realized that she wouldn’t be able claim her prize before the close of business.
           
It was a restless weekend for the lucky Lottery winner.
           
“I kept it (ticket) guarded in my purse all day Saturday and all day Sunday,” she shared. “I didn’t let my purse out of my sight!”
           
Bates, who has worked at a Wal-mart in a neighboring town for more than 20 years, said the prize is “really going to help.”
           
“I called my boss, and he said, ‘Are you calling to quit?’” With a laugh, she replied, “I didn’t win enough to quit my job!”
           
Bates said she was happy when she previously won $1,000 on a Scratchers ticket, but winning $75,000 “is pretty exciting.”
           
“When I first won, I did so much screaming that I was hoarse,” she added.
           
As for her closing thoughts on the Lottery-winning experience, she had one thing to say:  “Oh, thank you, God! Somebody is looking out for me!”

Missouri Lottery’s 25th Anniversary Bass Pro Shops” Scratchers ticket is a $5 game that officially began March 26. Players can win up to $75,000, $500 gift cards to Bass Pro Shops and can enter non-winning tickets into the “Ultimate Outdoor Adventure” second-chance promotion for a chance to win an adventure trip of a lifetime valued at more than $17,000.

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