2012-05-18 09:57:32.987

Grandson Gives Grandmother Ticket Worth $10,000

Story Photo audio icon A Lohman woman has her grandson’s superior selection skills to thank for winning a Missouri Lottery prize in early May. Lucinda Lidgard, 65, just happened to be talking to Tim James on the telephone while he was grocery shopping at Schulte’s Fresh Foods, 1904 Southwest Blvd., in Jefferson City. She asked him to bring her home a ticket. Coincidentally, the “$100,000 Crossword” ticket he purchased held a $10,000 prize.
At first, Lidgard thought she’d won $100. After she found “a lot of words” on her ticket, she began to think maybe she’d won more. 
“My granddaughter checked and said it was $10,000,” Lidgard recalled. “My daughter works at a convenience store, and she double checked and said it was $10,000.”
Stunned, the retired grandmother-of-three and great-grandmother-of-two, said it was “unbelievable” when she realized how much money she had actually won, noting the news still “hasn’t sunk in.”
“We’re going to Vegas at the end of this month, and then in July, I’m going to Hawaii for a wedding, so this will really help out,” she shared.
In addition to using the windfall to help pay for her travel plans, she added that she’ll be able to “pay off my credit cards and give each of the kids a few dollars.”
Reflecting on the win, Lidgard joked that she is elated by her prize amount, but she also “would’ve been happy with $100.”
$100,000 Crossword,”  a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000, officially began on Dec. 6, 2011.

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