2012-05-02 09:03:35.93

Richland Woman Lands $100,000 Lottery Prize

Story Photo audio icon A regular morning stop put a Richland woman in the right place at the right time to win a $100,000 Missouri Lottery prize. Diana Boggs, 39, stopped at Casey’s General Store, 1106 Historic 66 West in Waynesville, on her way to work at Elite Land Title.
“It’s a normal stop every morning before I go to work,” began Boggs. “I get something to drink, something to snack on and be on my merry way to work. I usually buy tickets, but I just happened to buy that one this morning, and it was the big winner!”
Boggs, a regular Lottery player, said she chose the “Black Pearls” ticket because “it was new.” Her husband, Vincent, was carpooling with her, so they bought two tickets. When it came time to scratch them, Vincent asked her which one she wanted. Diana said she didn’t care.
“Well, here, have ticket number 39,” said Vincent, to match her age.
“I scratched it and won $100,000,” said Boggs. “The actual ticket number off the roll is how old I am. It’s kind of strange, I guess.”
Boggs added that this is her first big win, other than winning “a couple dollars, here and there.” She uncovered the prize on the play area on the back of the ticket.
“I scratched my first number, and I was freaking out that it was $20,000, just on that. I got real excited, and I started shaking. They were all winners on the back.  I shook like a leaf from head to toe for probably two hours.”
Boggs said she went to work until her boss said, “You’re not going to do me any good today. Go collect your money.” She promptly left for the Springfield Lottery office to claim her prize.
“It’s the best $5 I ever spent!” she declared. “I got a little bit teary-eyed, and I was just excited. My heart went a million miles an hour. It was just a good moment.” 
Boggs said Vincent turned to her and said, “Babe, you just changed our lives.”
Plans for the windfall include becoming “debt-free” and concentrating on raising her two children.
“Pay off everything and have some left over and tuck it away for a rainy day,” she said. “It’s definitely changed my life.”

Black Pearls” is a $5 game that officially began April 21. This is the second Missouri Lottery Scratchers game to feature play areas on both the front and back of the ticket. Boggs claimed the first top prize out of nine in the game. More than $16 million in prizes remain.
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