July 3, 2017

Worker Surprised With Vacation Aboard 'Power Cruise'

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When Alice Cramsey showed up to work at Minit Mart in Lee’s Summit on June 29, she wasn’t expecting to receive a trip aboard the Missouri Lottery Powerball® Power Cruise™.

“I don’t know what to say. I’m lost,” explained Cramsey, after just learning about her next vacation.

The Minit Mart location was drawn as the winner of a retailer incentive the Lottery offered during the Powerball Power Cruse promotion. For every Powerball ticket sold during the promotion, locations earned an entry into a regional drawing. After the promotion concluded, one retail location from each of the Lottery’s three regions was drawn to embark on the Powerball Power Cruise in 2018.

Minit Mart, 5050 NE Lakewood Way, was drawn as the winner for the Kansas City region. The owners of Minit Mart, Travel Centers of America, decided to award the trip to Cramsey, the manager of the location.

“Managers have a difficult and often thankless job,” said Kirby Houck, district manager for Minit Mart. “She’s responsible for what happened here. Without leadership, you don’t have anything. She’s a hardworking manager and a dedicated leader. She deserves it.”

Houck’s thoughts were mirrored by Greg Lawson, director of store and fuel operations for Travel Centers of America.

“Alice is such a hard worker and deserves a trip like this,” said Lawson.

As part of her trip, Cramsey and a guest will enjoy a five-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean International’s adventure-packed ship, Brilliance of the Seas, with two ports of call to Key West, Florida, and Cozumel, Mexico. Cramsey will also receive roundtrip airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, all meals, a $250 ship credit, and $2,000 spending money.

Once aboard the Powerball Power Cruise, Cramsey will join other promotion winners from Missouri and across the country and enjoy private concerts from the Goo Goo Dolls and Flo Rida. All participants will also have a chance to win part of $150,000 in onboard cash prizes, including one $50,000 prize.

Cramsey said she has been working as the manager of Minit Mart for one year, but has been working in the convenience store industry for more than 17 years.

“I don’t know who I’m going to take yet. Someone told me I should start taking applications. I might have to do that,” laughed Cramsey. “I have to talk to my district manager to make sure he’s going to run my store it goes smoothly while I’m gone.”

Additional information about all Missouri Lottery promotions can be found at MOLottery.com. The current “Second Chance of a Lifetime: Summer Parks Sensation” promotion offers players trips to three National Parks, six Missouri State Parks, $1,000 cash and merchandise prizes.



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