(Jefferson City) – A Mountain View family is now $50,000 richer, thanks to a scratch-off from the Missouri Lottery.
Angela Brackel of Mountain View claimed a $50,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery “Bonus Word Crossword” Scratchers ticket on behalf of her husband, David Herold, at the Springfield Lottery office on July 2.
Brackel says that her husband had originally planned to buy a $5 crossword ticket from Cross Cut Liquor in Mountain View, but since they were sold out, they purchased three “Bonus Word Crossword” tickets instead.
At first, David thought he won $500. He found another word, bringing the total prize to $5,000 and told Brackel, “I’m not done.” He located another word, and the celebration began. They quickly went back to the store to confirm the good fortune and took it to show some friends before settling in for the night.
Brackel says that they will take the money to pay bills and “spoil ourselves a little”.
“He wants a fishing boat, and I want my kitchen done. We started remodeling the kitchen, and we had to stop because we ran out of money. We’ve been living without a kitchen for a couple of months,” she explained. “We had 68 cents in our bank account, so this is god-sent.”
“Bonus Word Crossword” is a $3 game that officially began January 5. More than $4 million in prizes, including four top prizes, remain in the game.