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Alva woman wins $50,000 in Oklahoma Lottery


January 12, 2018

Terri Leeper bought her winning lottery ticket at Shepherd's the first day the store was open.

On the day the new Shepherd's Travel Stop convenience store opened, visitor Terri Leeper decided to spend $10 on an Oklahoma Lottery ticket. The purchase was tempting because the total lottery value was up to $758 million. She said, "I bought the easy form ticket, which is where they choose the numbers."

The next morning she heard somebody in Oklahoma had won the Powerball. So she got on the computer and started looking at the numbers and learned she had them all except for one number. Husband Jay Leeper said, "I think you won something!" He came and took a look and said, "I think you won $50,000."

"I went back to Shepherds and the lady at the counter said, 'We sold a big winning ticket.' They ran mine and then said, 'I think you won $50,000.'"

The manager of the store had previously received a call from the lottery commission notifying the store they had sold a large winning ticket.

Leeper was on the way to Oklahoma City to take her mom to a doctor. She stopped by the Lottery Commission office. They told her they couldn't process it immediately because their electronic machines were acting up.

"I was afraid I was going to lose it and tried to think of a safe spot. Then I was worried I would forget where the safe spot was."

She returned to the Lottery Commission on the first of September. There was quite a bit of paperwork to do and they had to withhold taxes.

"Then they took me to a separate room where an officer asked me for details of my purchase. They wanted to make sure that I actually had purchased the ticket and was not being a stand-in for someone else," she said.

They took Leeper's photo, gave her a T-shirt and wrote a check for her winnings.

Her children – Kate, age 14, and Kayla, age 9 – were pretty excited. They had some ideas on how some of the money should be spent. Kate thought providing her with an Apple watch would be a great idea. Kayla liked the idea they proposed of a seven day trip to the Dominican Republic.

Leeper also donated some money to charity and put a bit in savings.

She is a part-time counselor at Northwest Family Services and her husband, Jay, is a Woods and Alfalfa county farmer.


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