February 14, 2012
Springfield Student Using Lottery Prize to Firm Up Family's Budget
Andrea Henson of Springfield has been known to say, “You can’t win, if you don’t play.” She is now a poster child for the slogan, as she just uncovered a $50,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.
The 40-year-old full-time college student was on her way to class when she decided to make a quick stop at Kum and Go, 3352 E. Sunshine St. in Springfield, for two “Bonus Word Crossword” games. After class, she returned home and received her first Scratchers surprise.
“I scratched off the first one,” she recalled, noting that the ticket held a $10 prize, and she was “excited about that.”
“When I scratched off the other one, I probably counted it 10 times, and then I called a girlfriend of mine and said, ‘I think I won $5,000.’”
It was her mother that gave her the advice of driving to the Lottery’s regional office in Springfield to “find out for sure.”
Henson “couldn’t believe it” when she asked Lottery officials if she had won a $5,000 prize and heard their response.
“They were kind of quiet, and they shook their heads,” remembered Henson. “The one kind of mouthed, ‘more.’”
Henson admitted that she has fantasized about winning the lottery, but she never “really let myself go there too much.”
When asked if the prize would change her daily life, she emphatically replied, “absolutely.”
“For so long, we’ve been struggling and not managing our finances that well,” revealed the mother-of-two. “I so badly want to get on a budget and pay all of my bills to zero.”
Additionally, she intends to purchase a new vehicle to replace an “old pick-up truck” she’s been driving for the past three years that is too small to fit her family.
On top of those plans, an excited Henson affirmed that “the only other things I’m dying to get are a nice, new refrigerator and a washer and dryer.”
“I feel really blessed,” she added.
“Bonus Word Crossword
,” a $3 ticket with a top prize of $50,000, officially started on Jan. 5.