2016-04-06 08:37:36.447

Clerk's Suggestion Leads to $4 Million Scratchers Win

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A St. Robert woman walked into a local convenience store simply wanting to try her luck on a $2 Missouri Lottery Scratchers game, but she walked away with a ticket worth $4 million, thanks to a lucky suggestion offered by the store’s clerk.

Lola Bradford, 40, bought the winning “$4,000,000 Payout” ticket at Cenex, 333 Highway Z, in St. Robert. When the store was sold out of the ticket she originally wanted to play, she let the store clerk decide what she should get in its place.

“I said, ‘Just give me one of the $20 tickets; it doesn’t matter which one,’” she recalled.

Bradford laughed as she shared that she was “literally talking trash” as she stood in the store and scratched the ticket.

“I was saying, ‘You know I’m not going to win anything on this.’”
She quickly changed her tune, though, as she scratched her way across the fourth of five lines provided in the game, looking for a match to one of the ticket’s eight Winning Numbers.

“And there it was – a 27,” she said, noting that she looked back and forth in disbelief between the numbers on her ticket and the $4,000,000 written below her matched number.

“Oh, my God. I was screaming in the store,” she said of her reaction.

Though she was still letting the win sink in as she claimed her prize at Lottery headquarters on April 1, she said she wants to follow up on her dream ride – a Chevy Suburban.

Bradford’s $4 million win is the first of four top prizes won so far on a “$4,000,000 Payout” ticket. The game also offers thousands of other prizes ranging from $20 to $100,000 – all of which can be tracked at MOLottery.com.    

The $4 million top prize is paid out through yearly annuity payments or, if the player desires, a one-time lump-sum cash payment of $2.5 million may be taken instead.

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