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March 5, 2013

Lottery Prize Helps Player Pay Off Home Mortgage

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An Ironton woman’s trip to a local convenience store for a newspaper ended with her becoming news for winning a top Missouri Lottery Scratchers prize. Fifty-two-year-old Vickie Golden won $100,000 on a “$100,000 Cash Blowout” game. Golden bought the winning ticket on a whim while shopping at Casey’s General Store, 223 E. Madison St., in Ironton.

“Casey’s is just out my back door basically,” Golden began. “So, I walked over, and I bought some tickets, a newspaper and a tea, and I went home and read the newspaper.”

It wasn’t until she finished reading the newspaper that she remembered she had four tickets in her pocket.

After winning a total of $5 on the first three, she admitted that she wasn’t expecting much from the final game.
  
“I just sat there and started crying,” Golden shared, referring to the life-changing moment when she saw the $100,000 prize amount.

The shocked mother-of-three first tried to call her husband, but she was unable to reach him at work. She then called her daughter who lives nearby. Given her shaky tone of voice, Golden’s daughter immediately thought something was wrong and “rushed over” to her house, where she was pleasantly surprised to learn of the good news.

As for how she’ll use the windfall, she didn’t hesitate to declare it will get “my bills and house paid for.”

To add icing onto the cake, Golden explained that she’s “been on a winning streak” during the last several weeks, noting she has won several $100 prizes.
           
When asked to sum up her whirlwind Lottery-winning experience, she exclaimed, “It’s shocking!”           

$100,000 Cash Blowout,” a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000, officially started on Dec. 3, 2012.  

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