2011-12-12 08:49:21.323

Lottery Winner Feels 'Thankful and Blessed' After Win

Story Photo audio icon A shopping trip ended with a spur of the moment decision that changed one woman’s life. After an afternoon of errands, Johnne Griffin, 61, said to herself, “I haven’t bought a ticket in a while.” The revelation prompted her to stop at Reeve’s Boomland, 6399 State Highway 77 in Benton, before heading to her Scott City home. Moments after the mother-of-four bought a Missouri Lottery “Silver Bells” Scratchers ticket, she was left “starring in shock” at a $100,000 prize.
“It was really surreal,” recalled Griffin. “I never experienced anything like that. I sat in the car for 10 minutes hyperventilating.”
After calming down enough to speak, the retired X-ray technician called her husband at work to share the news.
“It took me a few tries,” she recalled with a laugh, adding that he thought she was “pulling his leg.”
“He was in a meeting, and everybody else at work went crazy when he told them the news.”
The couple didn’t get much sleep that night, because they were busy making plans for the windfall, including paying off bills, tithing at church, helping their children and grandchildren and investing.
Griffin added that she’d also “really like to go on vacation to Scotland or Ireland.”
“In this day and time, I know it’s not a great deal of money, but it sure is a big bandage for the way the economy is going right now,” noted Griffin.
“I can take a deep breath and not have to worry about where every cent is going now,” she continued. “I’m thankful, and I’m feeling very blessed right now.”

Silver Bells,” a $5 ticket with a top prize of $100,000, officially began on Oct. 22.

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