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September 16, 2011

Ludlow Woman Uncovers $20,000 Lottery Prize

Story Photo audio icon Donna Venneman of Ludlow stopped for her weekly purchase of Missouri Lottery Lotto, Show Me Cash and Powerball tickets, and decided to get a couple of Scratchers tickets. She bought two “$100,000 Payday Bonus” tickets at Break Time, 300 S. Washington in Chillicothe, and headed back out to her vehicle to scratch them.
   
“I always go back to the vehicle,” said Venneman, 55. “If I scratch it in the store, I don’t win. And that way, if I do win, I’m sitting down in case I pass out.”
   
There was no need to call an ambulance on Sept. 10, but the $20,000 prize did bring some tears. At first, Venneman wasn’t even aware of how much she won.
     
“I saw the first $5,000, and I thought that was it,” she explained. “Until I got to my husband’s shop. He said, ‘Donna, you have to finish scratching it.’ I finished scratching it while crying. I cried harder the more I saw.”
   
Venneman is no stranger to winning. She has claimed $1,000 prizes before, and she won $500 in the “Muscle Car Mania” second-chance promotion this summer. But this is her largest win to date, and there was no question about how she would spend it.
   
“We need a roof so bad. We bought a fixer upper a few years ago. Now we can do the roof,” she declared.
   
Other plans include a new mattress, new furniture and some time off for fishing.
   
“He (husband) can afford a weekend off now. We can go fishing,” said Venneman.
   
While she might be more excited about going fishing with her husband, Timothy, no doubt she will keep fishing for another Lottery prize.
   
“Don’t give up,” Venneman suggested. “Because it happened to me, and I was shocked. It’s unbelievable. After you come back down to earth, it’s unbelievable.”
   
$100,000 Payday Bonus” is a $5 game that officially began July 2. The game features a top prize of $100,000 and is the first Missouri Lottery Scratchers game with play areas on the front and back of the ticket. At the time of this release, five top prizes of $100,000 remain in the game. Track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at Molottery.com.

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