2004-01-15 09:01:47.0

"Big Sleigh" Drawing #3 and Grand-Prize Winners Announced!

Story Photo A night cook at Gasper’s in Kingdom City will be sizzling along the highway in her new 2004 Lincoln Aviator® after her name was drawn in the Missouri Lottery’s "Big Sleigh Giveaway" grand-prize drawing, which was held today in Jefferson City. See the UNOFFICIAL winners’ list for the 3rd drawing, which was also held today.  Patricia "Pat" Mitchell, 55, of Kingdom City said she is excited to win the grand-prize SUV.

"I live out in the country," she said. "Sometimes I can’t get out."

Mitchell said she had several entries in the Lottery’s holiday promotion. She was hoping she might at least win $500, but she was surprised to learn she won the grand prize. She said the most she has ever won, before this, was $250.

Mitchell bought her winning entry at Gasper’s in Kingdom City, where she has worked for the past 18 years. She said she buys most of her Lottery tickets there, and she usually buys a bingo Scratchers ticket each day.

In addition to Mitchell’s win, sixty other Missouri Lottery players were drawn today to win other prizes in the third and final drawing of the "Big Sleigh Giveaway" promotion. Among the prizes awarded were: four first prizes of the winner’s choice of either a $4,500 travel certificate plus $500 spending cash or a $5,000 home furnishings certificate; six second-prizes of the winner’s choice of a $1,000 travel certificate plus $500 cash or a 50-inch television; and 50 third prizes of $500 cash.

Those prize winners are unofficial until the Lottery’s receives all of the original tickets used to enter via the Web site. The unofficial winner’s list is posted at molottery.com, and the final winner’s list will be available on the Web site within the next two weeks, after all verifications have been made.

A total of 360,810 entries were received for the three drawings; 54 percent entered through the Web site and 46 percent entered through the mail. An entry consisted of $10 worth of non-winning tickets from the Missouri Lottery’s five holiday-themed games. See "Big Sleigh Giveaway," for more information on the promotion.

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