A longtime professional football fan, Dale Peneyra of Niangua had never seen a professional game in person. That void was soon erased with a little beginner’s luck and the Missouri Lottery’s 2016 “Second Chance of a Lifetime: Summer Sportscation” promotion.
“This was the first time I ever tried a (second-chance) promotion. I thought it was a joke when I found out,” recalled Peneyra.
Multiple times throughout a given year, Missouri Lottery players can enter eligible Lottery tickets into their My Lottery® Players Club account for entry into a second-chance drawing. Peneyra entered her tickets into the promotion and was drawn as the first of three “Legendary Sportscation” winners.
For her prize, Peneyra had the choice of six taxes-paid trips to some of the world’s most iconic sporting events. The Niangua resident decided that it was finally time to experience her first-ever professional football game and selected football’s biggest game of 2017 in Houston as her prize. She made an equally as easy decision of taking her husband, Steven, as her guest.
“I would have been asking for trouble if I didn’t. He’s a bigger football fan than me,” laughed Peneyra.
While in Houston, the Peneyras’ trip itinerary included access to a fan experience, hall of fame dinner party, tailgate party, tickets to “The BIG Game,” and a post-game party topped off with provided roundtrip airfare, lodging, personal driver and spending money.
“Everything was just phenomenal. We didn’t have to do anything. We didn’t even have to think,” said Peneyra.
“The fan experience was like a street fair. There were all kinds of exhibits, music, events and food. There was food everywhere the entire trip. They even had ZZ Top playing. My husband was over the moon,” continued Peneyra.
The following day was a busy one for the Peneyras, starting with the hall of fame dinner.
“We even got to go up and shake hands and get autographs from the new inductees at the dinner. It truly was more than anything we could have dreamed.”
Once the Peneyra’s entered Houston’s football stadium they were optimistic about the night ahead.
“Our seats were great, but it didn’t matter where the seats were; we were at the game. This was once-in-a-lifetime,” said Peneyra. “We are Kansas City fans, but we picked Atlanta to win going into it, and it was one of the most exciting and wild games I’ve ever seen.”
After returning home from their whirlwind trip, Peneyra admitted that she would prefer to win experiential prizes like hers over monetary prizes.
“I’m surprised I won this, but I would much rather win something like this instead of money,” said Peneyra. “Money comes and goes. This memory will stay with us forever. This was a blessing. The (‘BIG Game’) was something on our bucket lists that we would have never reached without the Lottery.”
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