June 7, 2018
Husband's Surprise During 'Rough Patch' Turns Into $50,000

Missouri - Many husbands enjoy surprising their wives with the occasional bouquet of flowers. But Melissa Carullo’s husband likes to mix it up with Lottery tickets to keep her on her toes. Call it luck or call it fate, but one thing is for sure: Her husband’s surprise Powerball tickets on May 16 paid off at the right time.

“We are down one income due to my husband’s work injury. He told me this might be the last Lottery tickets for a while,” said the Gladstone resident. “We have a fund set aside for fun stuff like this, and that’s what he uses for the flowers or Lottery tickets. But since his injury, we knew that fund would have to go away, because we don’t have the money for that right now.”

Carullo’s husband was going out the next day to run an errand. She asked him to swing by Hy-Vee Gas, 7121 N. Prospect in Gladstone, where they purchased their Powerball tickets, and check to see if any were winners. And there in the mix was a winning Powerball ticket worth $50,000.

“I really still feel in shock. It’s just not our luck,” said an excited Carullo. “We prayed about it – not winning the Lottery – but ‘Please give us something. It will help us pay bills to maintain our life with our two little ones during the time before he can go back to work.”

Carullo says she and her family are so thankful and feel extremely blessed. They hope to use some of what is left over after paying bills to put a down payment on a house, “a dream come true.” And they would like to take their two kids to Branson for a nice getaway.

“It’s incredible,” said Carullo. “The timing is great.”

Missouri Lottery Winner Melissa Carullo