An Exeter woman turned a trip to Springfield for her sister’s cancer treatment into a joyful day by playing the Missouri Lottery. Charlotte Jones, 64, said she rarely plays the Lottery because money is tight. But the decision to splurge on April 4 led to a $50,000 payday.
“This is the first $20 ticket I’ve bought,” began Jones. “It’s new, and she wanted to try one. We’re both not real financially secure or anything. I said, ‘What the heck.’ I did it, and I’m still not sure I believe it.”
Jones and her sister, Janis, played a “Lucky 7s Playbook” Scratchers ticket she purchased at Casey’s General Store, 33 S. Main St., in Cassville. As they scratched the ticket in the store, the day turned for the better.
“We didn’t believe it at first,” recalled Jones. “We both just kind of looked at each other. She looked at me and said, ‘I’ve got to find out if this is real or not.’ This is going to help out amazingly so.”
Janis has been fighting cancer for 14 years. After two rounds of treatment, it recently resurfaced, requiring another round of trips to Springfield for radiation. Although the prize was claimed by Jones, she said she will use some of the money to help her sister.
“It’s going to help with gas and transportation,” explained Jones. “If I pay for her gas up here for these next five weeks, that will make a whole world of difference, because they have car payments, house payments, things like that. I’m going to make life easier for her. I think that’s why God let me win this today.
“And just when it’s needed the most,” she continued. “I couldn’t help her financially, and now I can.”
Jones joked that the win “may have created a bad habit.” But, she admitted, it was fun.
“We always have fun doing that together,” she said.
“Lucky 7s Playbook” is a $20 game that officially began March 31. The first of its kind in Missouri, the “Lucky 7s Playbook” features six different games in a convenient book-style ticket. Players can win up to $250,000 in the game. More than $30 million in prizes, including all five top prizes, remain to be won.