MARRIAGE for 13 Points: Words With Friends Game Leads to Love

Forget online dating. One couple met and fell in love over triple-word scores.

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For some of us, the best we can hope to get out of playing Words With Friends is a respectable score. Megan Lawless and Jasper Jasperse, however, fared just a bit better.

The two were complete strangers before Thanksgiving in 2009 when Lawless, who lives in Chicago, decided to seek a random opponent in Words With Friends, the digital Scrabble app for smartphones that allows you to play with friends or strangers. Her random opponent turned out to be her future husband, as she was paired with Jasperse, who lived in the Netherlands at the time.

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The two began messaging one another, which soon led to emails and Skype calls. A few months later the two agreed to meet in real life, and it wasn’t much longer before they were engaged. Jasperse moved to Chicago to be with Lawless and they were married in July 2011.

Seem hasty? Not according to Jasperse, who maintained that his initial communication with Lawless was a reserved “hi” and “hello” exchange.

“It very gradually built up to finally meeting each other,” Jasperse told RedEye Chicago. “At one point, I spoke to Megan more than anybody else around me.”

Which makes us wonder, how many points does an “awww” get you in Words With Friends? (If it were actually a real word, that is.)

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