2015-10-06 16:55:16.1

Pierce City Resident Happily Claims $50,000 Prize

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When Joe Townsend, 53, realized he had won a Missouri Lottery Scratchers top prize, he immediately confronted the store clerk who sold him the ticket.

“You’ve ruined my losing streak!” declared the relieved winner.

Townsend purchased his winning “Diamond Tripler” Scratchers ticket from Casey’s General Store, 1327 High Street in Sarcoxie, on Sept. 29 and claimed his prize at the Lottery’s Springfield regional office on Oct. 1.

“I was on my way to work when I bought it,” recalled Townsend, who works in security. “I went out to my truck and played the ticket. I knew something was up when I kept seeing more and more diamonds.”

At the time of claiming, Townsend had yet to share the good news of his win with many people, not even his wife.

“I think I’m going to take her out to dinner and tell her then. I might have to lay some pillows down around her,” laughed the winner, while discussing how he thought his wife would react to news of the win.

Townsend already has a couple of ideas on how he is going to spend his $50,000 prize.

“I’m going to make some things right. I’m in need a vehicle upgrade and will definitely pay off some bills,” he concluded.
Diamond Tripler” is a $3 Scratchers game that was introduced on June 8. To win, players need to reveal three or more “diamond” symbols in the play area; the more “diamonds” that are uncovered, the more players will win. Townsend uncovered 13 diamonds to win one of five $50,000 top prizes. Instructions on how to play all Missouri Lottery Scratchers and Draw Games can be found here at MOLottery.com.


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