2003-05-14 10:30:47.0


A Grain Valley couple is moving to the country after winning a $300,000 top prize instantly on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.   Connie Groves, 38, said she and her husband, Larry, 37, stopped in the Apple Trail Travel Center in Grain Valley on May 5 to redeem some previous winning Lottery tickets before going to Sonic.  With the money they won, they bought one “$300,000 Casino Nights” ticket, and it turned out to be worth $300,000.

“Larry always tells me, ‘You can’t win if you don’t play,’” Connie said.   “This is a dream that I never thought would come true.”

Connie said she and Larry are using the money to purchase a house with some land.   They are the parents of seven children that range in age from six months to 18 years old.

In addition to a new house, the couple plans to buy a car.   They said they will invest the remainder of the money.

“$300,000 Casino Nights,” a $10 Scratchers game, officially went on sale Jan. 11, 2003.

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