GRAIN VALLEY COUPLE WIN $300,000 INSTANTLY
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.