July 21, 2017

Missouri Lottery Provides $50,000 'Welcome Gift'

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Luanne Meeks received a “nice welcome gift” after she recently moved from Iowa to Missouri. This surprise gift totaled $50,000 after she purchased a Missouri Lottery “$300,000,000 Golden Ticket” Scratchers some time during the first week of July.

“I stopped at a store on my way home and bought some tickets,” the Pleasant Hill resident said. “When I got home I started scratching, then I looked, kept scratching and looked again. I thought, ‘This can’t be right.’ It is shocking, overwhelming and exciting.”

After revealing a $50,000 spot in the second row of her winning ticket, Meeks had family coming down for the Fourth of July and decided to keep the news quiet.

“I wanted to wait until everyone left before claiming,” she said. “But my husband was the first person I told. He was surprised. We smiled and hugged.”

Meeks believes there has to be a reason she won this big prize.

“I am going to put most of it away, because you never know what the future may hold,” she said.

Meeks purchased her winning ticket at Douglas Valero, 1601 N. Douglas, in Lee’s Summit.

$300,000,000 Golden Ticket” is a $30 game that started Jan. 25, 2016. The game offers more than $166.2 million in remaining prizes, including five $1 million prizes and one top prize of $10 million.


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