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Resident's lucky streak paying off in tough times

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The simple purchase of a lotto ticket turned out to be a very serendipitous occurrence for an area resident.

On Oct. 16, Sherry Barnett, a 44-year-old Bowling Green resident, purchased a $5 lotto ticket from Gas America, 2030 E. National Ave., Brazil. After winning $10, she sent her boyfriend back into the service station to purchase a $10 ticket. His return would mark an emotional turnaround for a down-on-her-luck Barnett.

Using her "lucky quarter," a 1965 coin with which she shares a birth year, scratched into her "Topaz Treasure" ticket and saw her $10 investment ended rewarding her with $50,000.

"It was very nice," Barnett said of her winning ticket. "It was a very exciting experience."

The experience couldn't have come at a better time. Barnett went to the station following a trip to the doctor, as she had been battling a string of kidney stones. She had surgery Friday to combat these stones. Barnett said bills and her sting of medical hardships caused her to go through her winnings very quickly, but was grateful the money was there to aid her in a time of duress.

"It didn't take long to go through the money at all," Barnett said. "But it was very helpful in my current situation."

Financial aid in a medical crisis wasn't the only stroke of good luck the ticket provided for Barnett. In the moments after sending her boyfriend back into Gas America, a traffic accident occurred in front of the store. Barnett said she believed there was a very good chance had she not elected to get her second ticket at that time, she would have been involved in the accident. She called the incident "very ironic."

Despite going through a costly medical ordeal, Barnett said she never lost hope things would work in her favor, and her winning ticket served as validation for her optimistic outlook.

"Everything happens for a reason," Barnett said.

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I am happy that this lady "lucked out" with the lottery but you may also want to report on the many people who keep paying out more than they can afford in hopes of hitting it big and never do, even when they can't really afford the price of that lottery ticket week after week, year after year. One has more of a chance of being hit by lightning than winning the lottery to the extent that it pays out what has been put into it....That's how it's designed.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 7:38 AM

A very happy ending to a chance lottery ticket purchase!!! That's wonderful!! And, obviously that 2nd trip into the gas station proved good timing so that you and your boyfriend avoided that accident! Wow, you definitely must keep that lucky 1965 quarter! Sincere congratulations!!!! And I hope you hurry and get well soon!!!

-- Posted by JaniLou on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 9:42 AM

I am happy for the down on her luck lady that won with the lottery ticket. To the lady that had to pour water on the situation, Ms Moore, get over not being lucky yourself and let the lady enjoy her good fortune.

-- Posted by VBBoy52 on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 12:35 PM

jenny moore,

i think you are right .

to Barnett comgrads on ur winning ..make sure u pay the tax man coz IRS will be watching LOL.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 10:15 AM

I am glad for the lady who won, but I also agree with Jenny. Sadly too many times I have been in line at gas stations and the people in line buying the lottery tickets are, well, lets say they probably should be spending that money on things that are necessary.

-- Posted by Jolly on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 2:25 PM

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