2015-04-13 16:09:48.497

Durham Woman Wins $100,000 Lottery Prize

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A stop to fill up on gas at Ayerco, 8800 Highway 24 in Taylor, landed a Durham woman a $100,000 Missouri Lottery prize. Sandra Benson, 63, is a regular Missouri Lottery Scratchers player, but it was the “$1,000,000 Platinum Payout” ticket that she purchased on April 2 that brought her the $100,000 prize.
While claiming her six-figure prize at Lottery Headquarters in Jefferson City on April 3, Benson admitted that she did not believe the ticket at first.
“I scratched off the first one, and it said, ‘$10,000’. I thought, ‘Oh, this must be a mistake.’ I had to double-check it. I know these tickets by heart,” joked the grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother of two. “I scratched another one, and it said, ‘$4,000’. I got the first two lines scratched off and I couldn’t go anymore.”
Eventually, Benson uncovered the entire ticket and brought it back to Ayerco to have the manager help her add the numbers up.
“I thought it might have been $50,000, but when he added it up, he said it was for $100,000. Everyone in the store just started congratulating me,” said Benson.
The certified nursing assistant is looking forward to paying off her bills and planning for retirement with the windfall.

When asked if she would continue playing the Lottery, Benson laughed, and said, “Oh, why yes! I know I just won big, but I just love playing these games.”

The “$1,000,000 Platinum Payout” Scratchers ticket was officially introduced on May 19, 2014. Benson is the seventh Missouri Lottery player to uncover a $100,000 second-tier prize, with nine others remaining. The $10 ticket, which still has one remaining $1 million top prize, currently has more than $18 million in prizes that have yet to be claimed. Information on all Missouri Lottery Scratchers and Draw Games can be found at MOLottery.com.

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