First-time Missouri Lottery winner Betty Neese of Bland was shocked to find out her Scratchers ticket held a $50,000 prize. The self-proclaimed “jack of all trades” and semi-retired mother-of-five plans to use the winnings for a vehicle and bills.
Neese’s youngest son, Michael Bailey, “couldn’t be happier” for his mom’s newfound fortune.
“She raised all five of us (boys) on her own,” Bailey began. “She deserves this and more.”
Bailey drove his mother to Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City to claim the prize. Neese, who bought the winning “Money Bags” ticket from Break Time, 702 W. Highway 28 in Owensville, noted that it was Bailey who confirmed the prize amount before heading to the Lottery office.
“I said, ‘Stop by, I need you to check out something for me,’” Neese explained, referring to a phone call with Bailey. “I guess he thought something was wrong with the house. He said, ‘Well what is it?’ I said, ‘Nothing bad. Just stop by!’”
Learning his mother had won a top Lottery prize was a welcome relief for Bailey, who was initially expecting the worst.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “We both checked that ticket a bunch of times.”
In addition to purchasing a newer car to alleviate some traveling stress, Neese, who makes and delivers pies part-time, added that she’ll likely share the winnings.
“I might give the kids a little,” she stated. “I know they have a hard time, too. Then maybe (I’ll) put some in savings.”
“Money Bags,” a $3 ticket with a top prize of $50,000, officially started on June 6.