A Berryville, Ark., woman is in the habit of coming to Missouri to the play the Lottery, so it was nothing out of the ordinary to uncover a $100,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery “MONOPOLY™” Scratchers ticket. That’s not to say that Louise Rakestraw wasn’t shocked by the win in mid-September.
“I got the moneybag. That’s the symbol where you win all 20 prizes,” began Rakestraw. “So, I just scratched off one, and I thought it said $5. And then I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, no. That’s $5,000!’ I scratched off a couple, and I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to go inside and show the girls what’s happening.’”
Rakestraw went back into Carr Lane Country Stop, 8845 St. Highway 86 West in Shell Knob, where the clerks know her by name to show them her good fortune.
“Oh, they were tickled. They jumped up and down,” she recalled. “They were tickled to death.”
Rakestraw was pleasantly surprised, even though the regular Scratchers player is no stranger to winning. She’s claimed prizes of $1,000 and $10,000 in previous years.
“I enjoy playing,” she offered. “And I enjoy going to Missouri to play. I’ve been going to Missouri for I don’t know how long now, because Arkansas didn’t have it (Lottery), and I’m so used to running over there.”
She added that she liked the store, Carr Lane, and the employees and friends she has made over the years. She also enjoys playing “MONOPOLY.”“I usually play MONOPOLY. When I saw that, and they said it was new to them at the time, I told them
I would take four of them,” said Rakestraw. “The first one, I think I won $5. The second one was $10, the third one was nothing, and this last one was $100,000.”
Now retired, the former security guard said she would take the money to the bank to pay down a loan. Other plans include adding a fence to her property.
“I’d like to have a privacy fence out back and a picket fence in the front,” she declared.
After a short celebration at the store, Rakestraw said she was “going home,” but she left no doubt that she would return to Missouri.
“Every once in a while, I get bored and just take off for Carr Lane,” she admitted.
“MONOPOLY” is a $5 game that officially began Sept. 10. Rakestraw claimed the first top prize in the game. More than $18 million in prizes, including six top prizes, remain. Track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game at MOLottery.com.