If Rebecca Dunn of Frankford had a lucky number, it would surely be 22, according to the 33-year-old newly engaged Missouri Lottery winner. Dunn uncovered a $5,000 prize on a “MONOPOLY Jackpot” Scratchers ticket on March 22.
“A month before that, on Feb. 22, Brad proposed,” beamed Dunn, who recently accompanied her fiancé, Brad Cook, from Florida to his hometown to open Cookies Kreations, a new auto body restoration shop, in Louisiana.
“This will really help us reach our goals easier and faster,” she revealed, noting that the duo has a lot on their plates with planning a wedding, purchasing land from Cook’s parents to build a home and opening a business. “This makes a big difference for us.”
Dunn, who bought the winning Scratchers ticket at Abel’s Quik Shop, 720 N. Third St. in Louisiana, said their good fortune could be the result of some “good karma” the couple accumulated after a charitable donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
“We were at the same store a week or so ago, and there was a silent auction to raise money for St. Jude’s,” she shared. “Not long after, we got a call saying our $125 bid on a big chocolate bar had won. We felt blessed to donate the money, and now we feel blessed that it came back to us.”
Dunn and Cook summed up their experience by saying they were both “just ecstatic.”
The first-time Lottery winner teased that although she considers 22 to be a lucky number, she and Cook plan to wed on Aug. 23.
“It’s just a day later, so I still think it’s in the lucky range,” she joked, adding that her soon-to-be in-laws will coincidentally celebrate their wedding anniversary next month on, none other than, the 22nd.
“MONOPOLY Jackpot” is a $5 ticket with a top prize of $100,000, plus a second-chance “Collect and Win” game.