2015-04-29 15:55:15.173

A Trip Home Yields Top Prize

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An impulse Missouri Lottery Scratchers purchase while visiting her old stomping grounds has landed a Harrisonville woman a $50,000 prize. While stopping by her childhood hometown of Cleveland, Donna Schmidt, 68, decided to buy a few Scratchers tickets “for the fun of it” at Cleveland BP, 24620 S. State Route D, in Cleveland.
“I asked the girl at the station what I should get and she said, ‘Why don’t you get the “Red Hot Cherries,” they pay pretty good,’” remembered Schmidt.
After returning home, the grandmother of three began playing her stack of tickets. Once she got to the “Red Hot Cherries” ticket and uncovered a $50,000 prize, Schmidt initially convinced herself that she had read the ticket wrong.
“That’s not right, that can’t be right,” thought Schmidt. “I’m not that lucky.”

Thinking that there must have been a mistake, she set the ticket aside and decided to play her other tickets.

“I couldn’t concentrate. I had to quit,” said Schmidt, who would review the winning ticket multiple times before showing her husband, Robert.

After taking their ticket to a Missouri Lottery retail location to have it checked, the couple claimed their $50,000 at the Lottery’s Kansas City regional office on April 23. While claiming, the mother of two disclosed that she would like to spend some of the money on a new crossover vehicle.

“I just wanted to see if anybody was there (in Cleveland). I still can’t believe it,” concluded the winner.

Red Hot Cherries” is a $3 Scratchers game that was officially introduced on Dec. 29, 2014. Schmidt, who uncovered 13 “cherry” symbols in the game to win the top prize, is the second player to uncover the $50,000 top prize, with three others remaining. Find all remaining prize amounts here at MOLottery.com.

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