December 21, 2016

Ferguson Woman Visualizes $84,000 Lottery Win

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When Donna Long’s daughter suggested she write down how much she wanted to win and keep it in her wallet, little did the Ferguson resident know she was already on the path to winning an $84,000 Show Me Cash jackpot from the Missouri Lottery.

Long, 54, carried the hand-written note in her wallet for several months and ended up matching all five numbers drawn in the Dec. 4 drawing. Ironically, the note was right on the money – almost.

“It said, ‘Win $84 million,’ but I’ll take $84,000!” she said, excitedly. “Actually, I had started thinking smaller, like, ‘Look, if I just had $54,000’… so then I wrote that number, too. I think the two (numbers) might have gotten crossed in my purse, but that’s OK!

“My daughter kept saying, ‘You have to imagine what it’s like when you win and how great it is to pay off all your bills,’” she said of her weekly process.

As far as discovering she held a jackpot winner, Long said she wasn’t sure what to make of the results when she first scanned the ticket.

“Claim at Lottery? What does this mean?” she explained. “I scanned the ticket like four times! I had never seen that message before, but I flipped it over and wrote my name on the back real fast. Then I was like, ‘Oh, my God, do not lose this. Do not lose this!’”

Long purchased her Quick Pick ticket at one of the Lottery’s vending machines inside Shop ‘n Save, 49 N. Florissant Road, in Ferguson.  The winning number combination on Dec. 4 was:  7, 11, 17, 19 and 23.

In the most recent fiscal year, players in St. Louis County won more than $121 million in Missouri Lottery prizes. An additional $29.4 million from Lottery proceeds went to education programs in the county, and $14.3 million was paid in retailer incentives.

Show Me Cash is a $1 daily Draw Game with a jackpot that starts at $50,000 and grows until someone wins. So far in 2016, there have been 52 winning jackpot tickets with an average prize of more than $158,230.


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