By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun
Becky Williamson jokes that the jinx was on whenever she bought a lottery scratch-off game from Lisa Vest.
So, Williamson stopped buying her tickets from Vest, who works at Allsup’s in Logan, and took her business down the street.
And at 4:11 p.m. on Thursday that strategy worked.
That’s when Williamson, who is a dishwasher at the Fireside Cafe in Logan, bought a scratcher ticket worth $60,000 at the TNT SuperStop in Logan.
“It’s going to be a great Christmas and I’m going to pay off some bills. And I’ve got seven grandchildren,” said Williamson by phone on Friday from Albuquerque. She was there validating her ticket and picking up her check at the New Mexico Lottery offices
A $10-a-week scratch player for several years, the largest prize she ever had collected was $200, Williamson said.
And, it truly was The Color of Money when she bought her $5 The Color of Money scratch-off ticket. The Color of Money is the only scratch game that she plays, Williamson said.
When you play The Color of Money, it features three top prizes of $60,000. The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.95 and the odds of winning a $60,000 prize are 1 in 160,000.
When she realized she had beat the odds, “I was in shock. I was scratching the ticket on my way back to work and saw the ‘coins’ match up with the $60,000 prize,” Williamson said.
“I swerved off the road, stopped at the nearest store and went up to the first person I saw and asked them if they saw the same thing. Then I ran across the street to the Fireside to tell my husband. I left the car parked there and the engine running,ï¿½ she said laughing.
Williamson’s husband, Ivory, is the cook at the Fireside, where he’s worked for 10 years, and where Becky Williamson has worked off and on as a dishwasher for nine years.
After realizing she’d won, Williamson said she started calling her kids to tell them of her luck.
Joining her in Albuquerque to pick up the winnings was her daughter Melissa and son in law, Anthony Barrientez of Amarillo, Texas. For Christmas, Williamson said she knows she’ll be joined by her other children, Lydia Garica, James Garcia and Otis Garica, who live in Childress, and the grandchildren.
The excitement of winning, Williamson said, kept her up all Thursday night.
She also had a little help. “The reason I went into the TNT in the first place was to buy a five-hour energy drink. That wasn’t such a good thing,” she said.
Of course, there were some other winners, too, Williams said.
After federal and state taxes, Williamson said, her check amounted to $41,400.
Despite Uncle Sam’s take, Williamson said, “I still cannot believe that this has happened to me.”
Chelle Delaney, associate publisher, contributed to this report.