Like a lot of working mothers, Ann Carinder of Fulton is used to being on the go raising three kids and holding a demanding job in the automotive industry. So when the 49-year-old uncovered a $20,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery “Red, White & Blue Bucks” Scratchers game, her first thoughts were about how the prize money could help her family.
However, while claiming her prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City, Carinder’s oldest son, Andrew, had a stern but loving request for his mom – “Do something for just you for once.”
In addition to using the prize money to pay for bills and family vehicle repairs, Andrew insisted that his mother take time to pamper herself – a concept that he said is new for his mom.
“We’ve been having some pretty hard times,” Carinder began. “Last August, my dad passed away, and three weeks ago, my husband’s dad passed away. My husband’s dad didn’t have any insurance, so we’ve had to take over his land payments.”
She added that this windfall will allow her family to “breathe easier.”
Carinder concluded her interview by paying tribute to her late father, noting that she believes he “must have had something to do with this” win.
“My dad was the only one who bought Lottery tickets here and there,” she shared. “I was just ‘talking’ to my dad last night. ‘Dad, it paid off!’”
Carinder purchased the winning ticket at Bee Line Snack Shop, 904 SW I-70 Drive, in Columbia.
“Red, White & Blue Bucks” is a $2 ticket with a top prize of $20,000.