2011-08-30 16:27:16.517

Army Reservist Reveals Top Prize on Way Out of Town

Story Photo audio icon An Affton woman began a week-long trip with some very lucrative cargo – a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket worth $50,000. Christine Slaughter, a United States Army Reservist, was on her way home from work at the Missouri Department of Mental Health in St. Louis, when she decided to stop at 7-Eleven, 8000 Mackenzie Road, in Affton. While at the store, she uncovered a top prize on a “Bedazzled” Scratchers game.
Since the first-time Lottery winner was departing for a conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, the following morning, she immediately drove home to show the winning ticket to her “other half” and stow it in a safe place.
“I actually haven’t even been home yet,” said Slaughter, noting that when she returned from the conference, she and her husband went straight from the airport to the St. Louis Lottery office to claim the prize.
Slaughter had “always hoped” she’d win a Lottery prize, but she was “shocked” when her dream came true.
As for plans for the windfall, the prize will provide “financial freedom,” because she intends to “pay the house off and my credit cards.”
“It’s making a big difference in our lives,” she added.
In addition to becoming “debt free,” Slaughter is planning a beach vacation to either “Florida or North Carolina.”
“I’m very excited and happy,” she concluded.

Bedazzled” is a $3 game that began Aug. 13. The game features six top prizes of $50,000.

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