2017-08-09 14:59:07.71

$100,000 Prize Provides Down Payment on First Home

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A July 18 stop at a Bridgeton convenience store for a soda and the occasional Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket is proving to be more than worthwhile for a Maryland Heights resident.

“I go in there pretty much every morning,” said Tracy Morales, referring to QuikTrip, 12700 St. Charles Rock Road, in Bridgeton.

From time to time, Morales will include a Scratchers ticket with her purchase.

“I actually just wanted to waste some time while on my break at work,” said Morales, who works for a moving company. “I wanted some bingo tickets, but they didn’t have any. So the guy suggested ‘Jumbo Cash’ to me.”

While on break later that day, Morales realized that she had won something on the $5 ticket.

“I didn’t think that I had won until I scratched off the ‘Lucky Numbers,’” said Morales, who soon realized she matched one of her numbers. “I thought, ‘Oh, I won $100.’ Then I thought, ‘Wait, there are more zeros.’ I thought I had won $80,000, until I realized I hadn’t scratched off another number.”

Morales said that the reality of the experience was slow to set in, and that it still does not seem real.

“I was in shock. I still couldn’t believe it until I got to the gas station and scanned the ticket over and over. I can’t believe I won that much,” said Morales. “I plan on putting a down payment on my first house with the prize. When I walk into my new house, that’s when I think I’ll know it was real.”
Introduced on June 26, “Jumbo Cash” is a $5 Scratchers game that features four games on one ticket and more than $9 million in remaining prizes. Morales is the first Missouri Lottery player to claim one of five $100,000 top prizes. Instructions on how to play all Scratchers games can be found at MOLottery.com.



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