2011-04-29 08:18:07.4

Bus Trip Leads Illinois Woman to Mega Millions in Missouri

What’s a mother-of-two to do while her children are on spring break from school? Kimberly Moore of Olympia Fields, Ill., decided to gather her kids, sister and niece and take a bus trip across state lines to visit cousins in Missouri. The memories she made while traveling with her family “on a bus for 10 hours” might have been priceless, but what happened after she purchased a Mega Millions ticket could be quantified in cash. The first-time Lottery winner matched all five white-ball numbers in the April 22 drawing, winning her a $250,000 payday.
“I only play once in a while in Illinois, but I always play when I travel,” the 42-year-old explained. “I feel like maybe my luck will come when I’m out-of-state.”
When she checked her Quick Pick ticket at Chinatown Wholesale Food Market, 202 Grand Blvd. in Kansas City, she discovered that her playing method had worked in her favor.
“I scanned the ticket, and it showed that I won $250,000,” she recalled. “My sister said, ‘Did you just win that?’”
In shock, the sisters asked a store clerk to check the ticket. After confirming the win with a clerk and the store manager, Moore said her “niece started doing flips in the aisle of the store.”
She joked that she would need the prize money to pay the grocery store for whatever her niece broke during her impromptu gymnastics spree.
The delivery service contractor said after they finished grocery shopping, they returned to their cousin’s home where they “celebrated with everyone.”
With Mother’s Day coming up, Moore noted this is an unexpected gift.
“It will make daily life a lot easier,” she added. “Things that I would’ve had to save for, now I can just do. My daughter is about to start private school, so now I know how I am going to pay for it.”
While sharing the good news with her family in Illinois over the telephone, her siblings informed her that there would be “a party at my house” when she returned from the trip.
“I’m feeling great!” she exclaimed. “I’m blessed to have won anything. It’s been a  wonderful week with family, and this makes it even more amazing.”

Mega Millions is a multi-lottery game that features jackpots starting at $12 million.  Drawings are held on Tuesday and Friday nights at 10 p.m.

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