2004-05-25 13:57:10.0

West Plains Man Almost Gives Winning Ticket To His Friend

Story Photo A West Plains man came close to giving a winning Missouri Lottery ticket, worth a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, to his friend. Ira Heavin, 50, said he stopped in Bulls-Eye in West Plains on May 21 to get gasoline, and while he was there, he bought two tickets from the "Harley-Davidson" Scratchers game. "I held up both tickets and told my buddy to pick one," he said. "His ticket was a $10 winner, and mine was the Harley." Heavin, who is a disabled Navy veteran, said he had told the clerk when he purchased the ticket that he "was going to win the Harley." So when Heavin came back into the store and said he won a motorcycle, the clerk couldn’t believe it. "I plan to keep it," he said. "I’m a big Harley fan. My last one (motorcycle) was a Yamaha." In addition to the motorcycle, the Lottery will pay the withholding taxes on the prize package, which is worth more than $15,000. Heavin will also receive a $500 Harley-Davidson certificate valid at a Harley-Davidson dealership and a Harley-Davidson prize package. Missouri Lottery players now have two ways to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle - by playing the Lottery’s "Harley-Davidson" $2 Scratchers game and by entering the "Ticket to Ride" promotion. By buying a $2 "Harley DavidsonŽ" Scratchers ticket, Lottery players have a chance to win up to $25,000 in cash or one of six Vivid Black Harley-Davidson SportsterŽ 1200 Custom? motorcycles plus a $500 gift certificate and a prize package valid at a Missouri Harley-Davidson dealership. Missouri Lottery players also have a chance to win a new Harley-Davidson Lava Red Sunglow Heritage SoftailŽ Classic motorcycle or one of 450 Harley Davidson prize packs in the "Ticket to Ride" promotion. The promotion, which officially started May 15, consists of three first-prize drawings and one grand-prize drawing. To enter the drawings, players should fill out the back of a non-winning "Harley-Davidson" Scratchers ticket and put that ticket in an envelope, no larger than business size. Only one ticket per envelope allowed. Players can enter by mail, on the Lottery’s Web site at molottery.com or by depositing entries at one of the Lottery’s four offices. For more information, including drawing dates, deadlines and promotion rules, go to the Missouri Lottery’s Web site at www.molottery.com.

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