Jackson Woman Hits Jackpot

Jackson Woman Hits Jackpot
By: Crystal Britt
JACKSON, MO --One Heartland woman found her ticket to Thanksgiving bliss was only a scratch away. "I thought, oh my Gosh, how much have I won?" Margaret Sides could hardly believe her eyes. The scratch off ticket she bought at work in Jackson was worth $100,000! "I thought, this has to be a joke."
Margaret has worked at the Country Mart in Jackson for 16 years. She's the Deli Manager and well, likes to gamble a bit on the side too. She's won a few things here and there, but nothing like the win she landed Wednesday at work. "I bought three $5 tickets and I just started scratching and scratching and I couldn't believe what I had scratched...I just....Amazing huh? Very amazing", said Sides.  Once reality sunk in she thought, "Just thank you Lord, thank you Lord. I'm out of debt!" Then it dawned on her to call her husband of forty years. " I just couldn't believe it.  I said, you're kidding me? And she said no, she wasn't kidding", said Mike Sides. No joke indeed. The sides have already claimed their prize at the Lottery office in St. Louis. They're still waiting on the check though.
This isn't the first time someone won big at the Country Mart in Jackson. A few years ago one lucky person won several million dollars playing Powerball. Lucky store? Perhaps... May be luck is just on Margaret's side. She's not letting this win go to her head. She will keep her job at the store, and her husband has no plans to retire. "We'll just pay some bills and have a good Christmas...an excellent Christmas", said Sides. Giving her kids and grandkids a reason to be thankful too.