2004-12-10 18:43:28.0

Stover Man To Buy Wife Wedding Ring With Prize Money

Story Photo A 73-year-old Stover man is going to replace the "cigar band" ring that he gave his wife when they got married after he won a $27,777 top prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers game. Clifford Brown said money was tight when he and his wife, Ilene, got married. "I’m going to surprise her and let her pick out a new wedding band for herself," he said. Brown, who is a retired Sante Fe Railroad supervisor, said he also plans to "have a better Christmas," and he may travel with some of the prize money. Brown purchased his winning ticket on Dec. 6 at Versailles Better Stop in Versailles. He said he buys tickets when he "goes into town." ?Red Hot 7’s,? a $2 game, officially went on sale Dec. 24, 2003.

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