Tracie Rogers, an engaged bride-to-be, says she'll use most of her $250,000 winnings to pay off the mortgage on her home instead of planning an extravagant wedding.
Rogers, 29, says her fiance of 9 1/2 years recently bought her a scratch off lottery ticket. She says she won $5. Her fiance bought her a second ticket and threw in another five bucks for a $10 scratch-off. That turned out to be a lucky decision.
Tracie won the top prize. However, she couldn't believe it - at first.
The couple drove back to the convenience store where the clerk confirmed the win, then gave Tracie a high-five.
Tracie says the windfall comes at a good time. She is unemployed and her fiance, a welder, was laid off last year. The couple canceled a previous wedding date because of financial hardships. The couple has been together for 12 years and share a home with five pets.
Tracie says she plans to pay off bills then may revisit the idea of planning a wedding soon. She also says she'll buy her fiance a new set of tires.
Read about the odds on the scratch-off they played here: www.molottery.com/scratchers.do