November 8, 2011
Shortage of Butter Leads to Surplus of Lottery Cash
Kim Coultas of Pittsfield, Ill., was settling in for the evening with her husband, Steve, and daughter, Melissa, when an unexpected errand sent the 50-year-old truck driver back on the road. The trip ended with both mother and daughter “screaming in the car” after uncovering a $10,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.
Coultas, who was visiting Melissa in Auxvasse, explained that she was making dinner, and she had forgotten a few ingredients – butter and sour cream. So, the pair drove to Show Me Oil, 804 S. Main St., in Auxvasse. It was while waiting in line that Coultas decided to try her luck on two “Holiday Treasures” Scratchers games.
“We were driving home from the store,” Coultas began, adding that she scratched the tickets in the car. “I couldn’t believe it! I was looking down, and it said ‘10 times $1,000.’”
It was after pulling over and showing the ticket to Melissa that the screaming began.
“I still have an earache from her screaming,” Coultas recalled with a laugh.
As for plans for the prize money, the mother-of-four intends to “pay off my mortgage.”
“I’m still not believing it,” she beamed.
“Holiday Treasures,” a $10 ticket with a top prize of $250,000, officially began on Oct. 22.