2016-09-19 11:39:26.007

Warsaw Woman Gets $100,000 Birthday Present From Friends

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A retired Warsaw woman is getting by with a little help from her friends after they gave her $30 worth of Missouri Lottery tickets for her birthday, and she ended up winning $100,000. Charlotte Nelson said she and two other friends who play bingo every Saturday night always give each other Lottery tickets for each other’s birthdays. On Sept. 3, two days after her birthday, they gave her a present that would change her life.

“Everybody was patting me on the back,” said Nelson, after she uncovered a top prize on a “Black Pearls” Scratchers ticket on Sept. 3 while at the bingo hall. “Many of them said they don’t know anyone more deserving.”

Nelson explained that she recently retired from Dar’s Café in Warsaw, where she was a server. She also worked in a factory in Illinois for many years.

Nelson said she and her husband, Emmett, plan to use the windfall to pay off their house and their car and “be debt-free.”

Missouri Lottery records show the winning ticket was purchased at Osage Mini Mart, 915 E. Main St., in Warsaw.

A $5 Scratchers game, “Black Pearls“ was introduced on Feb. 29. Offering players prizes ranging from $5 to $100,000, the game currently has more than $4.5 million in remaining prizes. More information about all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games can be found at MOLottery.com.

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