2003-06-16 10:23:31.943


video icon A Kirkwood man no longer has to wait for the bus after being drawn to win the grand-prize 2002 Ford Thunderbird® and $500 in the Missouri Lottery’s “American Muscle” Pick 3 promotion, which ran from March 30 to April 26.  William Richie, 43, of Kirkwood said his winning is a blessing.

"My car broke down, and I have been riding the bus for the past six months," said Richie, who works as a salesman for the Men’s Warehouse in St. Ann.

Richie said he bought his Pick 3 tickets that produced the winning entry at Today’s News, located in the Northwest Plaza Shopping Mall where he works.  He said that early in the promotion, a clerk at Today’s News suggested that he buy all three plays on one ticket to obtain an entry slip.  He took her advice and wound up winning the promotion’s top prize, which is valued at nearly $64,000.

"It’s a beautiful car," he said.

In addition to Richie winning a Thunderbird, two players also were drawn to win a 2003 Ford Mustang GT Coupe and $500 cash.  The winners are Frank Derkits of Independence and Richard Kuhn of Sullivan.  Derkits’ and Kuhn’s prize packages are valued at nearly $35,000 each.

Derkits, 76, received his winning entry slip when he purchased three Pick 3 plays at 24 Hi-Way Thriftway, 1000 W. 24 Highway in Independence.   Derkits is retired from the grocery business.

Kuhn, 61, got his winning entry slip when he purchased three Pick 3 plays at Arro Mini Mart, 751 W. Springfield in Sullivan.  Kuhn is a laborer and farmer.

Two hundred other entries were drawn to win $598 in cash and 2,000 others were drawn to win a Pick 3 T-shirt.  Go to www.molottery.com for a complete list of winners.

During the four-week promotion, players received an entry slip along with their tickets when they made a minimum $3 single ticket Pick 3 purchase for the current draw.   Players could enter the promotion at retail locations, by mail or through the Internet.  Approximately 410,834 entries were received for the drawing, which was held May 28.

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