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October 13, 2011

Butler Man Shocked By $20,000 Win

Story Photo William Woodfin of Butler thought his heart stopped when he uncovered a $20,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket. He let out a yell that brought his wife running. 
   
“When I hollered, she came in there,” recalled Woodfin. “She knew something was up.”
   
He was scratching a “Missouri Lottery’s Silver Anniversary” ticket.
   
“I thought at first it was a $20 (winner). I just kept scratching and it had more zeroes coming out there,” he said. “My heart kind of stopped for a minute. I had to re-pump it.”
     
Luckily, Woodfin didn’t require resuscitation. But his wife nearly did.
   
“She came in there kind of flabbergasted. She couldn’t believe it for a few minutes,” he said.
   
Woodfin purchased the winning ticket at Country Mart, 1013 W. Fort Scott St., in Butler. The retired truck-driver works part-time cleaning floors there and other locations in town.
   
“I’m in there all of the time, buying tickets,” he said. “I finally hit one that paid off!”
   
That seems to be the strategy that won him the $20,000.
   
“You just have to keep buying,” Woodfin suggested. “Keep scratching.”
   
He indicated that the windfall would be used to “pay a few bills and help the grandkids.”
   
Missouri Lottery’s Silver Anniversary” is a $10 game that officially began Jan. 22. In addition to a top prize of $250,000, players can enter non-winning tickets into the “Silver Anniversary” promotion for a chance to win $1 million.

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