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May 13, 2013

Five-Dollar Ticket Turns Carthage Woman into an Instant Millionaire

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One very lucky Missouri Lottery winner could hypothetically not work another day of her life and still get a hefty paycheck, thanks to winning a coveted top prize on a “$2,500 A Week For Life” Scratchers ticket. The daydream-inducing game offers top-prize winners the opportunity to take their windfall as an annuity – $130,000 a year for life – or as a lump-sum payment, amounting to $1.9 million before taxes.
           
The woman who got to make the exciting decision about how to accept her life-altering prize money is 36-year-old Shelly Bryant, who elected to receive the prize as a lump sum. Bryant purchased the winning ticket at Murphy USA, 2635 Grand Ave., in Carthage.           

$2,500 A Week For Life” is a $5 ticket with a top prize of $2,500 a week for life. Bryant won the first top prize awarded in the game. To date, two top prizes and thousands of other prizes, ranging from $5 to $10,000, remain in play.

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