Linda Ennis of O’Fallon won a muscle car on May 29 when she purchased a Missouri Lottery “American Muscle” Scrathers ticket. That’s the good news. The bad news: Linda has a lead foot. The grandmother of four says she likes to drive fast. She bought her winning ticket during a quick trip to buy groceries at Schnuck’s Market, 3029 Highway K, in O’Fallon. Her shopping was interrupted when she discovered her ticket was a winner.
“Oh, my God, oh, my God, I won a car,” Ennis yelled after scratching her winning ticket. “I called my daughter to tell her about it. I was so excited and out of breath she thought I said I got hit by a car. I said ‘No, no, I won a car!’”
Now Ennis, 63, has a decision to make. She can select a Dodge Charger R/T HEMI®, Chevrolet® Camero® 2SS™, Ford Mustang GT Coupe or a Dodge Challenger HEMI® as her prize. She can also choose to receive the cash value of $40,998 instead of a car.
“You’ve heard of the little old lady from Pasadena? I guess I could be the little old lady from O’Fallon,” said Ennis, referencing the Jan & Dean hit song from 1964. “I think I’d better take the cash. I think I’d lose more money because of all the speeding tickets,” Ennis explained, when asked if she will chose a car or take the cash.
Ennis, an administrative assistant for Seiler Instrument in St. Peters, says she buys a few Lottery tickets every week, but her muscle car win is the biggest prize she’s ever won. Though she selected the cash prize, Ennis reports that her grandchildren, ranging in age from 10 to 21 years old, encouraged her to take the car.
“I’d have to sleep with the keys under my pillow to keep them from sneaking out for a joy ride,” confided Ennis.
“American Muscle” is a $5 Scratchers ticket that began on May 28. In addition to a top prize of $75,000 and the chance to win one of seven muscle cars instantly, non-winning “American Muscle” Scratchers tickets are eligible for entry in the “Muscle Car Mania” second-chance promotion. Three drawings will be conducted this summer to award prizes such as one of the four muscle cars offered in the game, one year’s worth of free gas, and $500 prizes for your own vehicle makeover. The first entry deadline is June 14. Learn more at Molottery.com.