One lucky St. Louis County woman returned home from a routine grocery shopping trip with a week’s worth of food in the car, plus a little something extra. Carol Greenaway, 52, took a chance on a Missouri Lottery Show Me Cash ticket on her way out of Schnucks Market, 15425 Market St. in Ballwin, and she ended up winning $222,000 – the jackpot prize from the drawing held on Dec. 20, 2013.
“They (Schnucks Market) have the machines there that you can put money in,” Greenaway explained. “So, I just did $2 worth.”
The next morning, the mother of three children received a “shocking surprise” when she opened up a local newspaper and saw the Show Me Cash numbers from the previous night’s drawing.
“I went and got my husband, and I’m like, ‘Please check the ticket, because I can’t believe I won,’” she recalled.
After reviewing the numbers a few times in the newspaper and visiting the Lottery’s website, MOLottery.com, to quadruple check, Greenaway and Kevin, her husband of 28 years, said the good news “started to sink in.”
She admitted that waiting to claim her prize until Lottery offices opened on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, was “a little nerve-wracking.”
“We’ll pay off some bills, save some of it and maybe spend some of it, but not too much,” she shared, when asked about her plans for the windfall.
While claiming the prize at the Lottery’s St. Louis office, she noted that the win will “take a lot of pressure off.”
The first-time Lottery winner summed up her entire experience by saying she’s “so grateful for everything.”
“It’s a safety net,” she concluded.
Greenaway used Quick Pick to select the winning Show Me Cash numbers on Dec. 20, 2013. The winning numbers were: 6, 17, 26, 36 and 38.
Show Me Cash is a daily Draw Game with jackpots that start at $50,000 and grow until someone wins. Greenaway is the game’s 287th jackpot winner. In the past 12 months, 57 jackpot prizes have been awarded with the average jackpot prize of more than $161,675.