2015-02-25 13:30:53.92

St. Joseph Woman Wins $77,777 Lottery Prize

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The Missouri Lottery’s “7” Scratchers game features a top prize of $77,777. A St. Joseph woman won that top prize on a ticket she purchased at Imperial Super Gas, 811 S. Sixth Street, in St. Joseph. Latisha Byrd, 28, said she wasn’t expecting to see that kind of prize on her ticket.

“I always scratch the numbers first, and then the prize,” began Byrd. “I scratched the top row and saw it was all sevens, but I was like, ‘It’s only going to be $5 (prizes) under every one.’ I scratched the next row, and it was all sevens. So, I scratched the first prize, and it was $5,000. I was like, ‘Oh, wow!’”

As she uncovered the $77,777 prize, Byrd said she remained calm.

“Everyone said I should be more excited, but I was just calm,” she recalled. “I mean, I was happy, but I was calm.”

The in-home health assistant said the money would come in handy with her three children.

“The only thing I know for sure is that I’m getting a new car,” she offered.
Beyond that, Byrd said she would keep playing the Lottery.

“Never give up. Keep buying them. One day you’ll win,” she suggested.

7” is a $5 game that officially began Feb. 2. More than $11 million in prizes, including four top prizes, remain in the game. Track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at MOLottery.com.


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