2016-08-01 16:13:23.44

Birthday Made Sweeter with $20,000 Prize

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Monica Long of Osage Beach had a pretty great 55th birthday last week, complete with a steak dinner and a new tablet, thanks to her husband, Ken. The “cherry on top” came one day later on July 27 when Long uncovered a $20,000 Missouri Lottery Scratchers prize on a “20X The Cash” ticket purchased from Murphy Oil, 90 Cecil St., in Camdenton.

“I had a $5 winner on another ticket, brought that one in and put another $20 with it to get $25 worth,” began Long. “And I’m glad I did! The last ticket was the one.”

Long immediately played her five tickets after purchasing them and was surprised to uncover a “20X” symbol.

“I always scratch my numbers first, then the prizes. Once I saw that ‘20X,’ I scratched off the numbers at the top, and they were all matching,” continued Long. “I immediately called Ken and asked him what 20 times $500 was. I was too excited.”

Long took the ticket with her to Ken’s work, who needed to consult a calculator and his co-workers before he started believing what his wife had uncovered.

“He kept asking if this was one of those joke tickets,” recalled Long.

After waiting a couple days to tell their three children and letting the excitement sink in, the couple claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters on July 29.

“She works for a nonprofit. She always gives, and gives, and gives and gives. She is so deserving of this,” said Ken.

With her newly found $20,000, Long would like to replace the flooring throughout the couple’s home and invest in a newer truck for Ken, who drives a 1995 Chevy with no air-conditioning.
20X The Cash” is a $5 Scratchers ticket that was officially introduced on May 31. With more than $13 million in total prizes remaining, Long claimed one of 10 $20,000 prizes available in the game. A list of total remaining prizes for all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games can be found here at MOLottery.com. 

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