Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
Local gas station sells $62K winning lottery ticket
Grandview woman claims prize
By Bethany Bashioum
A Belton convenience store sold a lucky Missouri Lottery ticket worth $62,807 earlier this month.
The winner, Jessica Long of Grandview, purchased the winning Missouri Lottery Club Keno ticket at Casey’s General Store, 6909 E. 163rd St., Belton, on Jan. 12.
According to the Missouri Lottery, which announced the winning Jan. 23, Long purchased a 10-Spot ticket with Double Bulls-Eye. She matched nine out of 10 spots in a drawing shortly thereafter to win $62,500, and other games on the multi-draw ticket added an additional $307 in prizes.
“My father-in-law got into a car accident, and we went up to check on him,” Long told the lottery. “While we were up there, me and my husband, we decided to buy a lottery ticket. Well, when I walked in, I decided to play Keno, and I had never played it before.”
Club Keno is a daily draw game with drawings every four minutes. Players choose how many numbers, also called “spots,” to play and win prizes based on the number of matches. By adding Bulls-Eye and Double Bulls-Eye to the ticket, players can win even larger prizes.
Long reportedly answered questions from the clerk, but she was still a little confused about how to play. She ended up with ticket that was more expensive than she had originally planned, but she decided to stick with the purchase.
“I didn’t want to back out of it, because I figured if I did, it would be a winner. So I bought it,” she said.
Long claimed the winning ticket at the Kansas City Lottery office on Jan. 14.
Long credited the win to doing something “out of the ordinary,” and was inspired by the player in front of her, who was playing Club Keno.
“My husband suggested that I should buy a lottery ticket,” she said. “We say that when something bad happens, something good should happen. And I won.”
Long said she would use the winnings to pay down their house, and she plans to spend a little on her three children.