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Centertown woman wins lottery prize at own store

Centertown woman wins lottery prize at own store

February 7th, 2012 in News

"How exciting; it's a great day," exclaimed Gina Pezley of Centertown, leaving the Missouri Lottery offices with a Show Me Cash jackpot prize worth $145,000.

Pezley purchased the winning ticket for the Feb. 1 drawing at Centertown General, a convenience store she owns with her husband, Tom, located at 11816 Lookout Trail in Centertown.

"I buy one of all the games every so often," she explained.

But nothing could have prepared her for what she saw when she scanned her ticket just about an hour before she landed at lottery headquarters.

"I've bought a lot of tickets that I've scanned, but they didn't say this," she said with a laugh. "I went and got my husband and said, "Come here. Come here,' and he said the scanner (Check-A-Ticket machine) doesn't make mistakes!

"I've got all kinds of things I'd like to do with this money," she added. "We want to get gas back at the store, and I have six kids, so there's never enough money."