2005-07-01 14:37:45.697

Stop for Soda Brings $50,000 For St. Louis Man

One St. Louis (63131*) area man quenched his thirst and filled his wallet after he stopped for a soda on June 28 at Petro Mart, 14181 Manchester Road in Manchester.
Michael "Mike" Patton, 51, said he had $9 left over from buying a soda, so he decided to buy three $3 Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets. The third ticket he uncovered, which was from the "Crossword" game, turned out to be worth a $50,000 top prize.
"You keep counting and counting (the words)," said Patton, who is an area manager for Janitron in St. Louis.
Patton said he had just purchased a new car on June 24, so he will use some of his prize money to make a bigger down payment on it.
The Missouri Lottery’s $3 "Crossword" game officially started Nov. 20, 2004.
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