February 7, 2012
Jefferson City Woman Uncovers $20,000 Lottery Prize
When Patricia Freels of Jefferson City asked for a Missouri Lottery ticket Thursday night, the clerk retrieved two “$100,000 Crossword” Scratchers tickets. Not one to thumb her nose at karma, Freels bought the second ticket and set off a streak of winning that ended with a $20,000 prize.
According to Freels, she won $100 on the second ticket, which she used to buy more tickets on Friday. Another win led to additional tickets on Saturday. She purchased a ticket at the Walmart gas station, 718 W. Stadium Blvd. in Jefferson City, and won $30.
“I came back in after hitting $30, and I traded that off and got a $10 one,” recalled Freels. “I went out and scratched it off, and it was a $100 winner. I go, ‘Good. I have some grocery money, now!’”
She cashed in that ticket and bought one more – a “20X” Scratchers ticket. Freels scratched it as she was shopping.
“When I saw the six, and then I saw the thousand under the six. Then I saw the eight, and there was a thousand under it,” she recounted. “I about fell on the floor I was so excited!”
Freels said she “freaked out” and quickly called her brother with the news. When she added up the prizes later at home, she knew she had a $20,000 winning ticket.
“I didn’t sleep. Saturday night was the worst night for sleeping,” she declared.
Freels, 53, claimed the ticket at Lottery headquarters on Feb. 6.
Plans for the windfall include paying bills and buying a new computer and television. She also indicated a desire to remodel her kitchen.
“I have a kitchen from the ‘60s, and it needs to go,” Freels explained. “I may start picking out new appliances.”
Although the regular Lottery player has won numerous smaller prizes, this is the first big win for Freels. She said she’ll keep playing the Lottery, but offered this advice for other players.
“Don’t overspend your money,” she said. “Make sure you make all your bills.”
” is a $5 game that officially began Jan. 10. The game features a top prize of $100,000, of which five remain.