2015-02-18 15:20:18.273

Blue Springs Player's Prayers Answered With $100,000 Win

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Joshua Wood of Blue Springs used an unfortunate moment to win a fortune with some spiritual help. Wood, 27, had just attended the visitation of his uncle when he stopped at Xpress Mart, 280 NW Woods Chapel Road, in Blue Springs. Knowing some expenses were looming in his future, he asked his uncle for guidance picking a Missouri Lottery ticket. He ended up with a $100,000 winning “Silver and Gold” Scratchers ticket.

“I said, ‘Raymond, we miss you and we love you. You know, we could really use some money right now to pay off our stuff and your stuff. Help me pick a ticket.’ I bought three of those tickets, and I won on the first one I scratched.”

Wood scratched off his tickets and home and knew right away that he had a winner.

“I scratched off the first top left corner, which was a 34 that matched up with my first number on there,” he recalled. “I stopped. I was like, ‘Man, this is the winning ticket.’ I scratched off the rest of it, and it was $20,000. I woke my kids up by screaming and hollering.”

Wood went on to uncover a total of $100,000 in winnings. He said they would use the windfall to “put down payment on a house, shoot for two new vehicles and probably a vacation.”

“Me and my wife have been married for five years and haven’t had a honeymoon,” he explained. “This is the perfect time to take our honeymoon.”

He offered some advice for other players.

“Keep your hopes up. You never know when you’re going to win. You’ve got to be patient, and not go with what you know, just go with your gut,” he suggested.
Silver and Gold” is a $5 game that officially began Sept. 8, 2014. Wood claimed the fourth of six top prizes in the game.


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