2014-09-12 11:05:54.74

West Plains Woman Scores $50,000 Payday

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A pharmacy technician from West Plains uncovered a $50,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket. Kayla Helton figured the “5X Crossword” Scratchers ticket would keep her busy for a while on a Friday night. It turns out, the ticket kept her mind racing for a whole week.

“I had to work every day, and I finally just got to come up here,” she said, while claiming her $50,000 prize at the Springfield Lottery office on Sept. 5. “I don’t usually scratch those, but when I’m bored, I do, because they take up some time.”

Helton, 25, scratched the ticket at home and couldn’t believe the results. She said she took the ticket to her dad for confirmation, who wanted to drive to a store to check it again.

“I called my husband and told him, and he didn’t believe me,” said Helton.
Once the shock wore off, Helton and her husband, Steven, began making plans for the windfall.

“We’re going to pay off our house and our car and be debt-free!” declared Helton. “If I have some left over, I don’t know; maybe go on a vacation somewhere. Somewhere tropical.”
5X Crossword” is a $3 game that officially began May 19. Helton claimed the fifth of eight top prizes in the game, with more than $5 million in prizes remaining. The winning ticket was purchased at Snappy Mart, 3675 U.S. Highway 63 North, in West Plains.


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