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December 19, 2012

Linneus Couple's Lottery Win 'Feels Like Freedom'

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Lisa and Larry Lee of Linneus are celebrating the holidays with an extra $100,000, thanks to Lisa’s intuition and the Missouri Lottery. Lisa credits her decision to buy a specific Scratchers game to following a “feeling” she had in mid-December.
           
“I got off early, and went straight over to Break Time (508 S. Main St.  in Brookfield),” the 52-year-old Rudy’s Discount Smoke Shop employee said.
           
Lisa “had this feeling I ought to buy another ticket” before leaving the store. While paying for one “$100,000 Cash Blowout” game, at the last minute, she said, “Just give me two.”
           
As fate would have it, “It was the second one,” that held a $100,000 prize that almost slipped through her fingers, had she not decided to go with her gut.
           
Coincidentally, Lee uncovered the first top prize in the game, which came out earlier this month.
           
Lisa recalled that her first thought was, “I’m looking at that wrong,” referring to the moment she saw the prize amount.
           
After confirming the win with a clerk and manager at Break Time, she “had to sit down.”
           
“My legs started shaking,” she explained. “It took me a minute for it to register.”
           
When Lisa called Larry, he initially didn’t believe his wife of 32 years, noting he “thought something was wrong,” given the shaken tone of Lisa’s voice.
           
After the news settled in, the couple said the win meant different things to both of them. For Lisa, she’s going to get something she has always wanted – a remodeled kitchen. For Larry, he said the win simply “feels like freedom.”
           
Additionally, according to Lisa, the parents of two grown sons and grandparents of two children, with one more on the way, plan to pay bills and ensure their entire family has “a nice Christmas.”
           
Before leaving Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City after claiming the prize, Lisa reflected on her recent windfall:
           
“I don’t think it will change me,” she said. “I’m just an ordinary, everyday person.”   

$100,000 Cash Blowout” is a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000.


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