Brenda & Brandi Koechner

A big lottery win helped make this a happy Valentine’s Day for one local woman.

Click to hear the comments of Brandi Koechner after finding out she had won $20,000 on a scratchers ticket:

Brandi Koechner

Press release from the Missouri Lottery:

Brandi Koechner of Rothville made a decision on the way to work on Feb. 14 that changed her day. She decided to stop for a “pop” at County Line Convenience, 322 W. Helm  St. in Brookfield, and bought a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket concealing a $20,000 prize. 

“Believe it or not, I almost didn’t stop there this morning,” began Koechner. “The guy ahead of me bought three of them (tickets), and I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to try it.’ And the one I bought just happened to be the big one.” 

Koechner, 32, purchased a “Lucky Gold” Scratchers ticket, her new “favorite.” She continued on to Stanbury Uniforms in Brookfield and scratched the ticket in the parking lot, where she uncovered the $20,000 prize while talking to her mother on the phone. 

“I went in and told my supervisor that I was leaving, so I could go cash it in,” she said. Koechner and her mother, Brenda, then set out for Jefferson City to claim the prize. The two indicated that a shopping day in Columbia would follow. Other plans for the windfall include “paying off my vehicles” and “putting some back” for the future.  Koechner also plans to host a family barbecue this weekend to celebrate.  “It feels awesome,” she concluded. 

“Lucky Gold” is a $2 game that officially began Feb. 11. Koechner claimed the second top prize. Track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game at Molottery.com.  

About the Missouri Lottery (www.molottery.com)

More than 70 percent of Missouri voters approved a lottery in 1984. Since sales started in 1986, the Missouri Lottery has contributed more than $4 billion to the state and public education. Since July 1993, 100 percent of Lottery proceeds have gone to public education.  Each year the Lottery generates more than $250 million for vital programs, including A+ scholarships. Missouri Lottery players have won more than $8.6 billion in prizes, and retailers have earned more than $860 million in commissions and bonuses.