April 2, 2012
Player Pockets $100,000 to Help Curb Kids' College Tuition Costs
A Princeton woman’s financial load just got lighter, thanks to winning a $100,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket in late March. Michele Siemer, 43, said the windfall “couldn’t have come at a better time,” because two of her three children are currently in college.
“The lady had to hold my arms, so I wouldn’t fall,” recalled Siemer, referring to how a clerk helped her after uncovering a top prize on a “20X” ticket at Snappy Store, 501 N. College Ave., in Princeton.
Once Siemer got her “head wrapped around” the shock of the win, she “started crying.”
In terms of plans for the windfall, the single mom, who works two jobs, intends to take care of bills, make home improvements and then pay it forward with whatever is left.
“I’m going to help my mom out and a couple of my friends,” she added.
As for the overall experience of winning the Lottery, Siemer noted that she’s “very overwhelmed.”
“I just can’t believe this happened to me,” she concluded with a smile.
” is a $5 ticket that officially started on Jan. 10.