2003-05-30 14:44:07.0


Story Photo video icon A grocery manager for Dillons in Springfield is $25,000 richer after spinning the wheel during the Missouri Lottery’s 12th “Fun & Fortune” Wheel Spin event, held at 2 p.m. today in Jefferson City.  Roy Abney, 56, of Springfield said he plans to use his prize money to remodel the kitchen and bathroom.

Abney’s lucky entry ticket was drawn just two days after his 56th birthday.  He bought the winning ticket at the Dillons, 1260 E. St. Louis Road in Springfield, where he’s employed. 

In addition to Abney’s win, three other contestants each won $10,000 in the wheel spin.   Patty Edmiston, 38, a homemaker from O’Fallon, said she plans to pay college tuition for her son with her prize money.  She bought her qualifying ticket at the O’Fallon Citgo, 8695 Veterans Memorial in O’Fallon.

Richard “Chip” Kiefer Jr. of Belton won $10,000 in the wheel spin.   The 49-year-old Internal Revenue Service employee said he plans to pay off bills and buy a big screen television with his winnings.  He bought his qualifying ticket at Conoco Breakplace, 500 E. North St. in Belton.

Brian Rankin, 46, of Hollister also won $10,000 in the wheel spin event.   With his winnings he plans to “spoil his new grandbaby,” pay bills and take a trip to St. Louis to watch the Cardinals.   Rankin, who is a meter technician for the White River Valley Electric Cooperative, purchased his qualifying entry ticket at Quik Mart, 802 E. Highway 76 in Branson.

A total of $55,000 in prizes was awarded during the event.   In addition to the prize money won through the actual Wheel Spin event, the contestants each received a check for $500 for being selected as a finalist. 

The Lottery’s last “Fun & Fortune” Wheel Spin event is scheduled for Aug. 1 at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City. 

The game’s $2 Scratchers ticket will end June 30, and the deadline for entry in the final “Fun & Fortune” Wheel Spin event is July 24 at 3 p.m.  Beginning July 24, winning ENTRY tickets can be redeemed for a $2 free-ticket.

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