BENTON CITY, Wash. --A Benton City woman is counting her blessings tonight, all $30,000 of them.
Benton City's Kim Excell says she has been scratching tickets weekly for more than 20 years. And on Wednesday, it all paid off. She bought a Slingo scratch ticket for $3 at the Tesoro gas station, right next to City Hall.
She says she went through the ticket with her husband Bruce, thinking she had won something. But then, she was amazed to find out she had won the Slingo Blackout, with the game's maximum prize of $30,000.
She says before Wednesday, the most she had ever won was a $1,000. Kim says, "I just went blank and then I went, 'Thank God I won.' I was just shaking on the inside. I just couldn't believe it."
Kim says she and her husband Bruce will use the money to pay off some bills and remodel their Benton City home.