2017-05-19 20:13:53.107

Beginner's Luck Lands Player in Seaside Paradise

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As part of the Missouri Lottery’s “Second Chance of a Lifetime: Yuletide Seaside” holiday promotion, three winners were drawn in the “seaside escape drawings.” Julie Altman of Belleville, Ill., was drawn in the promotion’s second drawing as the winner of a vacation to her choice of three tropical destinations: Bora Bora, Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys or a privately chartered yacht to the British Virgin Islands.

“The Caribbean has always been on my bucket list, and the British Virgin Islands allowed me to check it off,” explained Altman.

News of being drawn as a trip winner came as a surprise to Altman, who had only entered a few promotion drawings prior to “Yuletide Seaside.”

“I only entered two $10 Scratchers tickets for this drawing,” recalled Altman, noting that $10 worth of tickets equaled one entry into the promotion. “If I remember, I think I entered those two tickets the night of the deadline to enter.”

Once the reality of her impending experience set in, Altman invited her sister and sister-in-law to trade the Midwest winter for an eight-day and seven-night escape in the Caribbean. Altman and her two guests enjoyed a privately chartered yacht, complete with their own captain and chef, as they traveled to seven ports of call within the British Virgin Islands.


“The weather was beautiful and the water was wonderful. We did some really exceptional snorkeling in Maho Bay with sea turtles, too,” said Altman. “We did a little shopping and little exploring, including a hike in the Virgin Gorda National Park where we got to see the natural sea baths and boulders the size of houses.”

Airfare, $2,000 spending money and other travel accommodations were included as part of the trip, as well.

“This really was once-in-a-lifetime. I would have never been able to go on my own,” concluded Altman, adding that she plans to enter into the Lottery’s second-chance promotions more often.

Players with a My Lottery Players Club account can now enter eligible tickets into the Lottery’s “Second Chance of a Lifetime: Summer Parks Sensation” promotion, which offers trips to National Parks and Missouri State Parks, in addition to cash and merchandise prizes. Information about all Missouri Lottery promotions and winner lists can be found at MOLottery.com.



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