It was a weekend of “firsts” for Virginia “Gini” and Bobby Tharnish of Marshfield. The pair celebrated their wedding anniversary on the first of the month, visited with their first grandchild, and also bought their first-ever Missouri Lottery “Kansas City Chiefs” Scratchers ticket. Keeping with the theme of “firsts,” the Tharnishs also became first-time Lottery winners when Gini uncovered the game’s first top prize, resulting in a $75,000 payday.
Gini joked that she and Bobby, who both call Dallas, Texas, “home,” have been “trying to be big fans” of the Kansas City Chiefs ever since moving to Missouri in 2007. Yet she admitted, “I’m going to be honest… we’re Cowboy fans.” However, that might change now that they have 75,000 new reasons to root for the Chiefs.
“We’re definitely going to watch the games this year,” Gini declared.
Between family parties, hosting houseguests and having a six-week-old baby in the house, Gini explained that the she and Bobby were too preoccupied to do anything more than say, “I love you, honey,” and then “hit the ground running” on their anniversary.
After the excitement subsided, Bobby gave Gini the “Kansas City Chiefs” Scratchers ticket he bought at Country Express, 785 W. Jackson in Marshfield, as a belated anniversary gift.
The “partial gag gift” turned out to be “the biggest quick thrill ever,” according to Gini.
As for plans for the windfall, after paying bills, Gini said they hope to “set aside a little time and take a vacation.”
“It’s definitely doable now,” she reflected. “I’m going to have to vote for Jamaica on this one.”
When asked how the prize might change her daily life, she explained that the win is “very surreal.”
“I think it will make us more aware to be grateful and appreciative of the unexpected,” she added, noting that people always hear about others winning the Lottery, and “it’s cool to be the ‘somebody.’”
“It really does happen to real people,” she concluded. “I just can’t believe it!”