August 7, 2018

Green Castle Couple Newest Millionaires

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Barbara and Lonnie Johnson said winning the Lottery was only something they had ever dreamed would happen. Then one day in July, Barbara Johnson purchased a “$300,000,000 Golden Ticket,” and that dream was realized in the form of a $1 million prize.

“I thought I’d won $1,000,” shared Barbara, who scratched the big winning ticket while still in the Ayerco station at 301 N. Pearl in Milan. “Then I looked again and thought, ‘No, this can’t be real.’ So I scanned it and was so shocked. I didn’t tell anyone there. I just walked away. I had to take a moment.”

She wanted to get home to tell her husband immediately. But when she approached him, he thought something was wrong.
“I was working in the garden. She came over and hugged and kissed me. I thought, ‘What’s up? Something is wrong,’” explained Lonnie, who had recently gone back to work after being retired. “She said, ‘You know that motor you’ve been working for? You don’t need to work anymore.’”

Stunned, Lonnie said he thought the worst had happened and one of his close friends had passed away.

“Then she said, ‘Oh, no, no! I just won $1 million,’” he laughed.
The Green Castle couple are planning to pay off some bills and share the prize money with their kids and grandkids. But there is one thing they won’t use it on.

“I am still going to work for the motor,” Lonnie added with a grin. “I want to earn it.”   
The Johnson’s $1 million win marks the 122nd Scratchers millionaire and 498th overall millionaire since Missouri Lottery sales began in 1986.

$300,000,000 Golden Ticket” is a $30 game that started Jan. 25, 2016. The game offers more than $93 million in remaining prizes, including four additional $1 million prizes and a top prize of $10 million.

Players can enter the Missouri Lottery $30 Scratchers tickets, – “$300,000,000 Golden Ticket” and “$300 Million Cash Explosion®”– into their My Lottery Players Club account for a chance to win up to $1 million in second-chance drawings. Tickets can be submitted through the Missouri Lottery app or at MOLottery.com.


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