Confusion Over 3 Million Dollar Scratcher-Ticket

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Gladys Edwards is scratching her head over this scratcher`s ticket.  Three of her numbers were a match saying she`d won 50 dollars.

'I think I won the three million and they didn`t want to pay it,' says Gladys Edwards.  'Cause otherwise, that machine would have paid me the 50 dollars no problem.'

It`s the talk of the town at the 'Talk of the Town' convenient mart where she tried to collect her winnings.

'But I came here to cash it in and Betty the cashier went to ring it up and it said,' `Do not pay, file a claim,`' says Edwards.

'There`s a `G` and an `M` and another letter somewhere,' says Cashier and cook Betty Sansoucie.

'That`s the code?' asks Patrick Clark.

'Yes and if it`s a 50 dollar winner it says `F-T-Y,`' says Sansoucie.  'That`s not what it says.'

'I`ve never seen anything like this before,' says cashier Megan McDowell.  'We cash 50 dollars everyday like it was nothing.'

Edwards took her ticket to five different locations who couldn't cash in her winnings.

So on Monday she drove from Bonne Terre to the St. Louis lottery office to find out about her fortune.

'It probably cost 50 dollars for the gas,' says Patrick Clark.

'It cost 20 and I bought everybody`s food,' says Edwards.  'I spent a lot of money over the weekend thinking I`m a high roller.  `Oh I`ve got three million dollars I`ll share, you know.`'

She was given a t-shirt that says 'Cha-ching' and a vinyl ticket holder, told by lotto officials to wait a day while they cleared it up.

According to them, the ticket was unassigned.

'Once that happens we find out the retail location where it was purchased and we know to assign that pack of tickets to that retail location,' says Susan Goedde, the Missouri Lottery Communications Manager.

'Which we did, and once that happens we assign that retailer with that packet and the tickets can be validated.'

'So now I can`t primp up my race and probably won`t win a race,' says Edwards.

'Changing gears for a minute,' says Patrick Clark.  'Quite literally.  You heard right.  This Grandmother is a sand drag racer who`s won numerous awards.  And she had big plans for her payday.'

'Then I was going to primp up my race truck and make it really cool you know,' says Edwards.

Like some new tires for her 1987 Chevy 350 'Shaky 2`s Limo' in addition to helping her family pay some bills.

For now, she`s willing to see if a lawyer would look at her case and let a judge and jury decide who`s right and wrong.

'Let them decide if what they did was right or wrong and if they did, make them pay and if they didn`t I`ll apologize,' says Edwards.  'Cause I spent a lot of money over the weekend thinking I was Willie Nelson.'

And having an extra three million taxes paid can always help, no matter who you are.