August 15, 2011
Sleepy Saturday Sizzles with $100,000 Surprise
Rachel Thompson of Poplar Bluff was admittedly “bored” on Aug. 6, so she decided to take a trip to a local store “to get a couple Lottery tickets.” What happened while walking out of Calhoun’s Foods, 505 Sycamore St. in Poplar Bluff, turned her weekend into one she would never forget.
Thompson “couldn’t believe it” when she uncovered the $100,000 top prize on the Missouri Lottery “$100,000 Taxes Paid” Scratchers ticket in the store’s parking lot.
“I turned around, and I went back inside,” Thompson recalled. “I asked her (clerk) if I was looking at it right, and she said, ‘Yes, you’re looking at it right!’”
The shocked 24-year-old immediately “got on the phone” and called her boyfriend to share the news.
Lottery offices were closed for the weekend, so after clutching the ticket tightly in her hand for several hours, she “put it in a lock box at home” until she was able to claim the prize at a Lottery office.
Thompson, who “won $1,000 two years ago” on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket, plans to use the windfall to buy “a new vehicle and a house.”
“$100,000 Taxes Paid
,” a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000 taxes paid, officially began on Feb. 26.