June 3, 2011
St. James Woman Wins Muscle Car
“We love muscle cars,” said Marilyn Williams of St. James of why she chose a Missouri Lottery “American Muscle” Scratchers ticket. She knew she could enter non-winning tickets into a second-chance promotion and thought she had a ticket for that purpose. But when the ticket turned out to be a $5 winner, it gave her the opportunity to buy another one. She picked the same game for the second-chance promotion, but instantly won one of the muscle cars featured on the “American Muscle” ticket. Williams opted for the cash prize of $40,998.
“I already have a muscle car,” explained Ron Williams, Marilyn’s husband. “I just wish we were better off financially; we would take the car. We’ve got a Jeep that’s 15, 16-years-old. It’s got problems.”
Instead, the family will use the windfall for a variety of other needs, including sprucing up the house, buying a new lawn mower, fixing their current car and buying their son, Michael, a computer he can use for school at Missouri State in West Plains.
“We’re going to have some fun with it, too,” said Marilyn.
“Yeah, we’re going to treat ourselves a little bit,” added Ron. “I’ve got a couple of ideas. We both work really hard, and financially, it’s tough to make it on what we make. Stuff like this doesn’t ever happen to us.”
Ron works as a heating and cooling contractor, and Marilyn works at McDonald’s.
“We’re still pinching ourselves,” offered Michael.
Joking that he wished he could have won both the $75,000 top prize and a new muscle car, Ron seemed most pleased about the promise of a new lawn mower. He’s been telling Marilyn that their current mower wasn’t going to make it another season for a few years now.
“It’s always something with that mower. I spend half my time fixing it and about half my time using it,” grumbled Ron.
It was a run for parts that led the couple to the winning ticket. On their way to The Family Center of Rolla, the Williams stopped for a soda at Jump Stop, 801 N. Jefferson St., in St. James. They used the $5 winning ticket they had to buy another “American Muscle” ticket. Marilyn was scratching the ticket as they got on the highway, prompting a premature stop to their errand.
“I said, ‘I think we won! I think we won the muscle car!’” recalled Marilyn.
Still in disbelief over their win, Marilyn suggested they would continue to play the Lottery, including the second-chance promotions, in hopes of winning again.
“We’re just so excited we got this!” she exclaimed.
” is a $5 game that officially began 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.