Sun. Jan 29th, 2023
A Crocker woman is $2 Million dollars richer after snatching the winning Scratchers top prize.
Lottery officials say Diane Eagle and her husband picked up the “Gold Rush” ticket at a Discount Smoke Shop in St. Robert.
Eagle tells KRMS News she plans to use the money for an early retirement.
The Gold Rush scratchers game has more than $40 million dollars in unclaimed prizes to date, including another $2 million top prize and numerous $100,000 prizes still available.
Crocker Woman Wins $2 Million Scratchers Top Prize
Diane Eagle and her husband sometimes purchase Missouri Lottery tickets for fun, but their fun turned into excitement in late August when they bought a “Gold Rush” Scratchers ticket worth $2 million.
“We were out and about at St. Robert, and he went into a few different spots and bought tickets,” Eagle said, recalling the night her husband bought the winning ticket at Discount Smoke Shop, 215 St. Robert Blvd., in St. Robert.
However, neither of them were aware they had won a $2 million prize until they returned home and scratched their tickets.
“We were slightly excited,” Eagle laughed. “I had actually scratched the ticket and all of the numbers were winners on the ticket. I didn’t scratch to see what the prize was until the end, so when I scratched it, the first number was $100,000, and then we knew it was the $2 million.”
Eagle said she originally wasn’t even sure where they had purchased the winning ticket.
“He had an idea of where he bought this particular ticket,” she explained. “But he wasn’t positive because he brings them home and scratches them.”
The couple isn’t sure how they plan to spend the money yet, but Eagle said her husband may take an early retirement.
“Gold Rush” is a $20 Scratchers game with more than $40 million in unclaimed prizes, including another top prize of $2 million and three additional prizes of $100,000.
In FY19, players in Pulaski County, where the ticket was sold, won more than $8,5 million in Missouri Lottery prizes. During the same time period, retailers received more than $860,000 in commissions and bonuses, and more than $984,000 in Lottery proceeds went to education programs in the county.
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About the Missouri Lottery (MOLottery.com)
When you play the Missouri Lottery, you Play It Forward! Lottery proceeds make up approximately 4% of the state’s funding for public education. In FY20, the Lottery generated $333 million for vital education programs, including A+ scholarships.
Since sales started in 1986, the Missouri Lottery has generated more than $6.5 billion for the state and public education, Lottery players have won more than $15 billion in prizes, and retailers have earned more than $1.35 billion in commissions.