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September 12, 2012

Ashland Woman Defies Odds, Wins $5,000

Story Photo audio icon An Ashland woman stopped on the way to her job at the University of Missouri on Sept. 5 and bought a Missouri Lottery “Bonus Word Crossword” Scratchers ticket. Judy Dooley, 55, scratched the $5,000 winning ticket in the parking lot of Break Time, 101 Henry Clay Blvd., in Ashland. She didn’t believe what she was seeing, so she took it back into the store for confirmation.
   
“I said, ‘I think I won $100.’ She said, ‘It says you have to file a claim,’” recalled Dooley.
   
Dooley asked how much the ticket was worth, and the clerk told her it was $5,000. Because she had duties to accomplish, she continued on to work with her “heart pounding,” but she made plans to leave as soon as she was able. Dooley claimed her prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City later that afternoon.
   
At that time, she had not shared the information with anyone, but she planned to do some good-natured ribbing of her bosses – statistics professors.
   
“They say, ‘Why are you playing? You can’t win.’ I proved them wrong,” she laughed.
   
She would like to repeat the results of her own Lottery experiment. Dooley also buys tickets for Powerball.
   
“I’m hoping to win that next,” she added.
   
Bonus Word Crossword” is a $3 game that officially began Jan. 5. The game has been replaced by a new version with the same name and more than $10 million in prizes. 

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