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Everything's coming up Roses for Madison family
, Courier Staff Writer
Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:00 AM
Terry and Dawn Morris of Madison, claim their winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis. They were accompanied by their 4-year-old daughter, Ella. The couple said they plan to pay off bills with their $50,000 payday. (Lottery photo)
A bad day turned into a great day for one Madison family thanks to a bit of luck.
Terry Morris went shopping Friday to buy his wife flowers, but he ended up with more than a bouquet of roses to cheer her up.
By the time Morris arrived home with the roses, he was also $50,000 richer, courtesy of the Hoosier Lottery.
"I went to buy Dawn roses because she had kind of a, well, a bad week," Terry Morris said in a release from the Hoosier Lottery. "I stopped at the gas station and got a Lottery ticket first."
Morris scratched the $3 Yahtzee game lottery ticket in the parking lot of Murphy USA on Ivy Tech Drive - winning the top prize of the game - before buying the flowers and returning home with two surprises for his wife.
"It turned out to be a pretty good day, a fantastic day," Dawn Morris said in the release.
The couple had been wrestling with some financial decisions that were weighing heavy on Dawn's mind, so deciding what to do with the winnings wasn't difficult for the couple.
"We're gonna pay bills," Terry Morris told the Hoosier Lottery. "It'll be a sigh of relief. It really is an easy feeling knocking them out. The monkey's off our back."
The roses also had a special message to go along with the couple's unexpected prize winnings.
"The really weird thing is that the roses had a tag on them that said 'freedom,'" Dawn Morris said. "That's what this is, freedom from debt, all debt. It really is the answer to our prayers."
Two of the top Yahtzee game ticket prizes have been claimed since the game began on Dec. 6, 2012, according to the Hoosier Lottery website. Only five top prizes exist.
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