East Texans feeling "lotto lucky"

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - We may be in a recession, but when it comes taking a chance at getting rich, Texans are to feeling "lotto lucky." They're playing the Texas Lottery even more and before. The Texas Lottery Commission says sales for the year so far are up by one percent. And, that may not seem like a lot but when you see dollar amount you may shocked.

East Texan, Stann Stockstill, bought $100 worth of tickets. One of which got him a cool 350 bucks. So, why do Stann and players like him, take a chance in the recession?

"Because they're pushing their luck," said Stockstill. "I mean, you got so much luck on here as you do anything. If you don't buy anything you're not going to win."

Gary McCarter is also aiming to win, but don't tell his wife.

"You really got to be sneaky!" said McCarter. "Because your wife, you know...did I say that? I gotta go."

"You're going to get in trouble," I laughed.

"No, I'm not," McCarter replied. "She's out of town."

McCarter isn't the only Texas Lottery character. Tall Jimmy Johnson did several spins, hoping to win.

"I just scratch off the bar code, stick it under there, hit my spin [and] by the time I come back around all I see is money," said Johnson. "We working hard and the recession hasn't hit us yet, but everybody is trying to do better. And, the only way you can do better is take a chance."

More Texans are taking that chance. This year, Texas Lottery sales are up more than $3,000,000 from last year. Winners have ranked in more than $2,000,000,000 so far.

Tonia Snoddy of Longview, is one of those winners.

"I'm still shocked!" she giggled.

She won $40,000.

"She said, 'The ticket's worth $40,000,' and I liked to have died!" said Snoddy. "I dropped the phone. I was just sitting there shaking. It made me a believer that people who really need it, do win the lottery even though I didn't win the $6,000,000 or more, you know, I won some of it."

And, for players, winning some is better than none. Snoddy says she's spending her Texas Lotto winnings on paying off bills and her school clothes for her 17-year-old son.

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