January 18, 2006
Misunderstanding Pays Off for a St. Louis College Student
A St. Louis college student isn’t upset that a distracted gas station clerk gave him the wrong Scratchers tickets after he won $100,000. Ryan Barone, 20, asked for five $2 Scratchers tickets when he cashed in a winning Scratchers ticket worth $10. The distracted clerk mistakenly gave him two $5 "$100,000 Ticket to Vegas" Scratchers tickets instead.
Barone didn’t protest and scratched his tickets in his car. The misunderstanding was quickly forgotten when he uncovered the $100,000 top prize. Barone said he "got a little excited," and took the ticket back into the gas station to have them verify that he had won.
Barone, a double major in political science and philosophy at St. Louis University, plans to use his prize to pay off student loans and to save for a down payment on a house after college.
The winning ticket was purchased at U-Gas, 3611 W. Outer Road in Arnold.
"$100,000 Ticket to Vegas" officially began on July 30, 2005.