March 23, 2012
Swedeborg Woman Wins $20,000 Lottery Prize
Mary Bax of Swedeborg decided she would play the Missouri Lottery and uncovered a $20,000 prize on her first try. Bax explained that she had never played the Lottery because she “never had the money.” But the 49-year-old cancer survivor decided that it was time to try her luck and bought $6 worth of tickets at Crawford’s Corner, 502 S. Commercial St., in Crocker.
“I bought a ‘Diamond Mine’ (Scratchers ticket), and I won $6,” Bax recalled. “I went and cashed it in that morning, and I got the “Lucky Gold’ and ‘Awesome Aces’ (tickets), and I won on the ‘Lucky Gold.’”
Bax said she didn’t believe it when she uncovered the $20,000 prize while sitting in her husband’s truck at the gas pump.
“I saw the 20 and thought, ‘Aw, $20.’ But then I thought, ‘Well, maybe I better scratch the rest of it.’ So I scratched the rest of it off, and it was a $20,000 ticket,” she related.
Bax said she chided her husband, William, who had told her she was wasting her money.
“I said, ‘Now, did I waste my money for six bucks?’ He said, ‘No, you didn’t.’” she laughed.
It was a much welcome windfall for the first-time Lottery player, who said she would “catch-up on bills.”
“Since I’ve gotten sick, they’ve got way behind,” she said. “And I’m going to go buy me a van.”
Bax said she and William would purchase a custom van that they could take to visit family in Tennessee.
“My uncle is going to take William to see the bears in the mountains,” she declared.
Through it all, Bax said she would continue to spend her budgeted amount playing the Lottery.
“That’s all I spent,” she said. “And my $6 paid off. I said, ‘I’m going to take a chance and play.’ But don’t get addicted.”
“It surprised me I won the $6!” she added.
” is a $2 game that officially began Feb. 11.