March 9, 2012
Springfield Woman Picks Up $55,558 Win
A Springfield grandmother bought a Missouri Lottery “Bingo Gold” Scratchers ticket as a diversion and won the top prize in the game - $55,558. Sharon Tindall, 68, was on her way to pick up her son from work when she decided a Lottery ticket would help pass the time. She bought the winning ticket at Fast N Friendly, 3015 Scenic Ave., in Springfield.
“I had a little extra money, so every once in a while, I try to play,” began Tindall. “I play a lot of the bingo and a lot of the $1 ones, too.”
Tindall said she regularly wins smaller prizes when she plays the Lottery.
“Little stuff that they can pay out,” she explained. “Nothing that I’ve had to come in here for.”
She started scratching the ticket as she waited for her son, DJ, to get off work, and then he finished it as she drove.
“He scratched off the last three or four numbers I had left,” recalled Tindall. “He said I had a winner, and I said, ‘Oh, quit lying to your mom!’”
When she got home, she realized that she did win $55,558, a fact that was hard to comprehend.
“I just kind of stared at the ticket almost all night long,” said Tindall with a chuckle. “And I kept checking the numbers, and checking and checking. I checked the numbers about 20 times, I think.”
Tindall knew how she would spend the windfall.
“Well, I have 20 grandkids and six great-grandkids. This money will come in handy!” she declared.
Plans for the money include a new car, help for her family and a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“My granddaughter passed away from leukemia and they helped her a lot,” she related.
Tindall said she’ll keep playing the Lottery and suggested that other players stick with it.
“Don’t give up. Just keep trying,” she offered. “That’s what I did. If you buy a couple of them and say they are not winners, well, the next one you pick out might be a winner. So, just keep trying.”
” is a $3 game that officially began Feb. 22. Tindall claimed the first of four top prizes available in the game. Track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at Molottery.com.