U.S. Soldier On Leave Wins $20,000 Playing Crossword Scratcher
Returns to Duty TODAY – Deploying to Iraq
Oklahoma City (Aug. 3, 2009) – Wayne Mayo, a soldier in the U.S. military, is leaving his wife and three children today for another tour in Iraq—but while on leave, the family experienced an exciting surprise. Mayo won a top prize of $20,000 playing the Oklahoma Lottery’s new Crossword Scratcher.
“I’ve been home for 13 days and we were visiting my family in Soper, Oklahoma, when we decided to play the Crossword Scratcher,” said Mayo, who lives with his family in Garland, Texas.
While on the road, his wife Ayesha scratched the ticket.
“My wife said, ‘you need to pull over, I think we hit 11 words,’” said Mayo. “I told her that her eyesight is just bad.”
The family stopped at the next Lottery retailer and as luck would have it, the ticket was worth $20,000. Wayne purchased the winning ticket from Pierce Knick Knacks at 21 Hunter Avenue in Boswell.
With three children, Wayne and Ayesha plan to put their winnings in a savings account.
About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $279 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds directed to the higher education capital bond issue and funds directed to the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund (OELTF). The Oklahoma Legislature appropriates the OELTF.
Proceeds are used statewide to supplement existing funds for a variety of important education purposes, including: teacher compensation and benefits, early childhood development programs, college scholarships, classroom technology and construction of educational facilities.
For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov.