2012-08-21 12:47:42.93

Kirksville Woman Registers $24,000 Windfall

Story Photo audio icon A Kirksville woman bought some Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets for her and her husband to enjoy and ended up uncovering a $24,000 top prize. Roxi Cooley, 64, said she was skeptical that top prizes existed until she scratched the winning ticket. The license bureau employee was home with her husband, Greg, on Aug. 11 when they discovered the windfall.
“I had just told him that I bet they don’t put more than one big prize in here,” she recalled, referring to the “24K” Scratchers game. “I said, ‘I’d like to get the ‘Win All’ bar, but if I did, it would probably just be a $1.’ And about that that time, I got the ‘Win All.’ He said, “Well, scratch it off and see what it is.’ It was $2,400, and I just kind of sat there.”
Greg said excitedly, “Keep scratching. They’re all going to be that!” 
Sure enough, the ticket contained the top prize in the game, $24,000.
“So we jumped up and down, carrying on. The dog was growling, because she didn’t know what was going on,” laughed Cooley.
The couple returned to the store where they bought the ticket to have it checked. A clerk at Troy Mills Country Store, 23284 Highway H in Kirksville, confirmed their good fortune.
“It took three days for it to sink in,” said Cooley.
They waited for a day off work to claim the prize, keeping the ticket in a “safe place” in the meantime.
“So I told her, ‘We can’t put it in the safe, because the safe won’t lock. When you get that check, we better buy a safe,’” added Greg.
That’s on the list of potential purchases, including new shingles for the house and a little extra fun on an upcoming vacation to a NASCAR race.
Cooley explained that the couple enjoys playing Scratchers regularly and that “24K” has become one of her favorite games.
“This particular ‘24K,’ I’ve been doing real well. I’ve been winning like $100 and $50 along the way. So I just kept playing it,” she declared.
This isn’t the first big win for the Cooleys. They won $25,000 playing Show Me 5 about 12 years ago. Since that win, she’s stuck to playing Scratchers like bingo and crossword, suggesting other players do the same.
“Stick with the $2 and $3 ones,” she offered. “I’m just saying, I have more luck on those smaller amounts. I just can’t believe it wound up at Troy Mills. And mine, you know?”
24K” is a $2 game that officially began June 30. Cooley claimed the fourth top prize in the game. More than $6 million in prizes, including five top prizes, remain in the game. Track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at MOLottery.com.
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