The spur-of-the-moment decision to buy a Missouri Lottery ticket resulted in a $10,000 prize for one Queen City woman. Raychelle Love, 38, said she normally doesn’t play the Lottery, but she had just been paid and her friend was playing, so she decided to buy three “Harley-Davidson®” Scratchers tickets. She uncovered the prize while enjoying some coffee at Shop N Go, 1312 S. Baltimore St., in Kirksville.
“I scratched the first one, and it wasn’t a winner,” she began. “I scratched the second one, and it wasn’t a winner. I thought, ‘Yeah, with my luck, I’m not going to get anything.’ I scratched the last one, and I saw all the numbers. I had my friend with me, and he was like, ‘Scratch the prize, and see how much it is.’ I scratched the first one and it was $500, and I scratched the next one, and it was $500.
“All I could hear was him saying, ‘Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh!’” she continued. “He said, ‘It’s $10,000!’ I said, ‘Surely not.’”
The cashier at Shop N Go stepped in and checked the ticket for Love, confirming her good fortune. Once she was convinced, she set about trying to convince her family that she was a winner. She called her mother, who was equally doubtful.
“I told her, ‘Mom, I got a ticket, and I won,’” recalled Love. “She said, ‘That is such a cruel joke,’ and hung up on me.”
She eventually convinced both her parents and her boyfriend, Derek, who Love said “hyperventilated” when he found out.
“I hadn’t ever seen one that big,” he explained.
Love said that the windfall “came at a good time” and that she would use the money to “pay bills.”
“I’ll try to save some,” she added.
“Harley-Davidson” is a $5 game that officially began March 11. The game features a top prize of $75,000 and prizes of a new motorcycle that can be won instantly. In addition, players can enter their non-winning “Harley-Davidson” Scratchers tickets into one of four drawings in the Lottery’s “Ticket To Ride” promotion to win: a Harley-Davidson motorcycle of their choice or $21,000; a $500 cash prize; or an officially licensed Harley-Davidson merchandise prize pack. Players can enter the promotional drawings online through a free My Lottery® Players Club account, and they also will automatically earn points to be redeemed for prizes in the Lottery’s online Points For Prizes™ store.
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