2005-02-15 16:47:07.857

First Raffle Winners Come Forward

Four Missouri Lottery Pick 3 players have come forward to claim their raffle prizes in the "Pick 3 Bonus Bucks Raffle" promotion.
Nabil Nassar of Florissant, James Clark of Cedar Hill, Janice Elledge of Pilot Knob and Melodee Rey of Stover all claimed their prizes of $2,500. One raffle prize is still unclaimed: raffle ticket number 505729, sold at Schnucks Market, 4171 Lindell Ave. in St. Louis, is worth $10,000. Nabil Nassar, 22, of Florissant said he plans to use his prize money to pay off his car. He received his winning raffle ticket by playing Pick 3 at Phillips 66, 1342 Pennsylvania in Pagedale, where he works as a clerk. He said he has been buying additional Pick 3 tickets because of the promotion.
"I am so excited about it," he said.
James "Jim" Clark, 60, of Cedar Hill said he plans to use his raffle prize money to help pay restoration expenses on his ’69 Ford Torino GT. A supervisor for a sort and re-work company, Clark received his winning raffle ticket when he made a Pick 3 purchase at Speedie Food Mart, 786 Highway 0 in Pacific.
Janice Elledge, 38, of Pilot Knob said she is planning to pay bills and "have a little bit of fun" with her $2,500 windfall. Elledge received her raffle ticket when she made a Pick 3 purchase at Steve’s Gas & Liquor, Highway 21 North in Pilot Knob, where she works as a clerk. She said she regularly plays six combinations of three numbers in Pick 3 twice a day.
Melodee Rey, 46, of Stover said she planned to use the money for a home improvement project.
"We live on a private road and I want to use the money to buy some gravel to patch some of the holes," said Rey.
She received her winning raffle ticket by playing Pick 3 at Temp Stop, 52 Highway and 135 Highway in Stover. She regularly plays crossword-themed Scratchers games but also decided to buy a Pick 3 ticket when the person in front of her at the store won an automatic Pick 3 "Bonus Cash" voucher worth $10.
Raffle winners from the promotion have 180 days from the end of the promotion - which would be Aug. 28, 2005 - to claim their prizes at a Missouri Lottery office.
There will be three more raffle drawings in the promotion: Feb. 15, Feb. 22 and March 1. During each drawing, four winners of $2,500 and one winner of $10,000 will be drawn. At the final drawing on March 1, one grand-prize winner of $50,000 will be randomly selected from among all the raffle numbers issued during the four-week promotion.
In addition to the raffle, players also have a chance to win $10 instantly during the promotion. More than 350 times per day across the state, a "Bonus Cash" voucher will follow a Pick 3 purchase, which is good for an instant cash prize of $10. 

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