Plans to return home after work changed when a 38-year-old Mexico woman uncovered a $5,000 Missouri Lottery prize. Deetra Clemmons, a cashier at Abel’s Quik Shop, 3066 S. Clark St. in Mexico, said she’d just finished her shift when she decided to play “Diamond 7,” a popular Scratchers game.
“I had just gotten off the clock, and I went around the counter and asked the cashier if I could have one of the tickets,” Clemmons recalled. “I took it outside, and I sat there and scratched it.”
After realizing she’d won, she called her husband, Aaron, to share the news.
“He came down to work, and we looked at it,” she said. “I was shaking so bad. I was so excited and so nervous at the same time.”
Clemmons explained that she bought that particular ticket, because “customers had been coming in and playing it” all day during her shift.
“So, I thought I’d try it when I got off work,” she added.
The mother-of-two said she and Aaron will use the extra cash to pay bills, buy new golf clubs for their 14-year-old daughter, and purchase new clothes for their toddler.
Clemmons admitted that she kept the winning ticket in an untraditional, but “safe as we could think of” place, until she could claim the prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City.
“We put it up in a picture frame, so we didn’t lose it,” she revealed.
“Diamond 7” is a $5 game with a top prize of $100,000 and a bonus scratch area on the back of the ticket.