Talk about lucky. Theresa Baughman of Mora walked into Missouri Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City to redeem a $4,000 winning ticket she had purchased the day before. While waiting for her prize check to be processed, she won $100 – TWICE – on Scratchers tickets she purchased in the front lobby.
Baughman, 43, had won $4,000 on a “Mega MONOPOLY ™” ticket she purchased at Tipton One-Stop, 331 Highway 50 in Tipton, during her lunch hour on March 8.
“I usually stick to those,” she explained of her fondness for “MONOPOLY ™” tickets. “I usually buy them in fours.”
As the paperwork on her win was being finalized, her attention turned to the Lottery’s new instant ticket vending machine in the waiting area. She bought another $10 “Mega MONOPOLY ™” ticket and a $20 “4 Million Dollar Cash Bonanza” ticket, both of which revealed $100 prizes.
“I know there’s no rhyme or reason to it,” she said, when asked if she had any strategy for selecting tickets. “It’s just being in the right place at the right time.”
She plans to use her winnings on a vacation and to share some of it with her two children.
“Mega MONOPOLY ™” is a $10 game that officially started Aug. 29, 2009, and offers a top prize of $2 million. Prizes remaining unclaimed for this, and all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games, can be tracked at Molottery.com.