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2015-01-22 15:17:49.527

West Plains Woman Wins $100,000 Scratchers Prize

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An administrative assistant at Landmark Bank in West Plains claimed a $100,000 prize she won on a Missouri Lottery “$100,000 Safe Cracker” Scratchers ticket. Luckily, she didn’t have to crack the safe to claim her prize. Maylee Maffei, 32, bought the winning ticket on her lunch hour at Casey’s General Store, 1702 Gibson St., in West Plains. She uncovered the prize after returning the bank.

“I was just stopping in to get some gas, and I just randomly picked one (game). I got two (tickets),” began Maffei. “I about had a heart attack. It definitely wasn’t expected.”

She said co-workers, like her friend Casey Lacee, helped her with the ticket after she started to win.

“I got really excited. My friends there at work kind of helped me through it,” she recalled. “I matched every number on the ticket, and then each prize was $5,000. It was surreal.”

Maffei called her husband, Jeremi, an avionics manager.

“He kind of sat there and argued with himself for a minute,” she related. “He couldn’t believe it, either.”

Plans for the money include taking a portion of the win and “paying it forward.” Maffei said she would gather the family and decide as a group which charity to benefit. The other needs were evident.

“I’ll probably pay off some student loans, get out of debt, start college funds for the kids,” she listed. “It’s such a blessing. I’m very grateful that we have this now.”

She added that she will continue to play the Lottery.

“I do it for fun,” explained Maffei. “Have a good time with it, and definitely, if you win big, always remember to pay it forward. Gotta do good with stuff like that.”
 
$100,000 Safe Cracker” is a $5 game that officially began Dec. 1, 2014. Maffei claimed the second of five top prizes in the game. More than $10 million in prizes remain. Track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at MOLottery.com.

 

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