2005-04-13 13:40:49.0

St. Louis Man Wins $300,000 On Lottery Scratchers Ticket

Story Photo A 35-year-old St. Louis (63123*) man is now debt-free after he uncovered a $300,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery "$300,000 Lucky Gold" Scratchers ticket on April 10. Joseph "Joe" Nardoni said along with paying off his debts, he plans to take a trip and buy a new vehicle with his prize money. "I have many possibilities," said Nardoni, when explaining what he planned to do with his prize money. Nardoni said he bought his winning ticket when he stopped in Affton Mobil, 8501 Morganford in Affton, to buy Lottery tickets and talk to a friend, who is a clerk there. He bought five $1 Scratchers tickets. Then he bought one $10 Scratchers ticket. It turned out to be the big winner. "I had just won $20 the night before on a ticket from the same game," said Nardoni, who is a supervisor at a steel company in Granite City, Ill. ?$300,000 Lucky Gold,? a $10 game, officially went on sale Dec. 25, 2004. * winner’s zip code to help media determine coverage area

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