2018-01-08 09:56:31.187

Florissant Woman Wins Game's First Top Prize

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It was a day of firsts for a Florissant woman when a first-time visit to an unfamiliar store led to the first top prize on a new Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket, culminating in a trip to a Lottery office to claim a $100,000 prize on her birthday. The experience was a welcome change from the norm for Jo Ann Kyle, who bought her winning “$500 in a Flash” ticket at Stelmacki Super Market, 9965 Lewis and Clark Blvd., in Moline Acres.

“I thought I’d take a chance buying at this market because I had never gone there before,” she explained. “I went there just to buy one item, and I saw the (Lottery vending) machine and I thought, ‘I’m going to buy one here, try someplace different.’ And I’m glad I did!”

Kyle took the ticket home to scratch and was stunned as she uncovered each prize.

“When I saw the first number, I was like, ‘Ooh. It’s a winner,’ And then I just kept scratching numbers and, at the end, I decided to scratch the amount,” she shared. “I told my husband, ‘Oh, my God. I think it says $20,000!’ Then there was another one and then another one, and so I almost fainted.”

The reality of her win was still sinking in at the time she claimed her prize at the Lottery’s St. Louis office, but Kyle said “bills, bills, bills” were at the top of the list when it came to using her winnings.

“$500 in a Flash” is a $5 game that went on sale Dec. 26. It offers more than $16.3 million in remaining prizes – including four more top prizes of $100,000.

Remaining prizes for all Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets can be viewed at MOLottery.com, as well as on the Lottery’s mobile app. Most Scratchers can also be scanned on the app to determine if a ticket is a winner.

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