2015-11-20 08:01:25.687

Grandfather Makes Special Plans for $100,000 Prize

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A Halfway man is counting his blessings after uncovering a $100,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery “Win It All” Scratchers ticket. Denny Wooten, 61, purchased his winning ticket on Veterans Day from Rapid Roberts, 3165 N. Glenstone Ave. in Springfield, while on his way home from work.

While claiming his $100,000 prize on Nov. 13, Wooten, a steelworker, disclosed that “Win It All” is one of his favorite Scratchers tickets because of the $5 price and the additional play area on the back of the ticket. The grandfather, however, only needed one spot on the front of the ticket to uncover a “5X” symbol with a $20,000 prize.

When asked about the moment he realized he had won his $100,000 prize, Wooten described the win as a “blessing,” adding that he didn’t think luck had anything to do with it, but that divine intervention might have been involved.

A father of two, Wooten’s only son passed away five years ago, leaving behind a daughter. In the time since his son passed away, Wooten’s granddaughter – who lives in Idaho – has visited him and his wife every year, but she was unfortunately not able to make the trip this year. With a portion of his prize, the grandfather plans on traveling to Idaho with his wife in January to attend their granddaughter’s sixth birthday party.

Wooten hopes to re-open his restaurant, the “Red Door Diner,” in Pleasant Hope and pay off some bills with his win, as well.

Win It All” is a $5 Scratchers game that was officially introduced on Sept. 8. The ticket includes prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000 with more than $11 million in prizes remaining, including three $100,000 top prizes. Information on all Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets can be found here at MOLottery.com.


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