2011-06-03 09:09:15.997

St. James Woman Wins Muscle Car

Story Photo audio icon “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.
American Muscle” 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.

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