2014-09-16 11:10:52.307

Centralia Woman Wins $5,000 Lottery Prize

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A regular habit turned into a $5,000 payday for one Centralia woman. Leslie Bradshaw-Dingwell said she routinely plays a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket on Thursdays, her husband’s payday. She bought a “Lucky 7s Playbook” Scratchers ticket at Short Stop, 4425 State Road J in Fulton, on Sept. 11.

“I get that ticket every Thursday,” began Bradshaw-Dingwell. “I had just got off the exit, and there’s only one gas station in Millersburg. The light went on for low fuel. When I got to the gas station, I had $30. I thought, ‘I’m going to get a $20 ticket and get $10 in gas.’ That’s what I did.”

Husband Brad had told her his check was small that week, so she was hoping for big money.

“Please be $500 or more,” she declared as she began scratching the ticket.

Lo and behold, she quickly uncovered a $500 prize. She woke Brad to tell him the good news, and he encouraged her to keep going.

“So, I go scratching and tears are rolling. I can’t quit laughing,” recalled Bradshaw-Dingwell, 45. “It keeps saying $500, and $100s, and then I hit the 10 times $200.”

“When I saw that 10 times, I thought it was going to be $250,000,” added Brad. “I was like, ‘Wow, this is going to be great!’”

It turned out to be a $5,000 prize, which was fine with them.

“I’m going to pay off my loan, and I’m paying my bills,” said Bradshaw-Dingwell. “I already made a list of my priorities. I’ve got to get prepared for winter,” said the part-time tow truck driver. She recycles old cars through her business, Ma Ma’s Cleaning & Recycling.

“It’s a weight lifted,” she concluded.

“Play responsibly,” she counseled others. “People talk about winning, but you’re not going to win if you don’t play. That’s why every Thursday, I play the one ticket.”  

Lucky 7s Playbook” is a $20 game that officially began March 31. The game features a top prize of $250,000, of which, three remain in the game. Track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at MOLottery.com.


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