1999-06-08 11:36:34.15


A Ewing man got his summer off to a thunderous start when he became the first person to scratch off a trip for four to Florida in the Missouri Lottery’s new "Green Thunder" instant game. David Stark, 37, said he hasn’t been to Orlando since he was around 10 years old. Stark purchased his winning ticket June 1 at Mini-Mart, Highway 24 W. Quincy in Taylor, while on his way to work as an industrial maintenance electrician for Quincy Compressor. He bought five tickets, and the trip was uncovered on the last one. Stark said he and his wife will probably take some of their four children on the Florida vacation, which is scheduled around the DAYTONA 500 Race� next February. "My son is a nut about NASCAR," Stark said. A total of 15 trips will be awarded through the "Green Thunder" instant game. The trips for four include: airline tickets; hotel accommodations; tickets to the DAYTONA 500 Race�; tickets to the NAPA Auto Parts� 300 Race; passes to Orlando theme parks; and $500 cash. In addition, withholding taxes of 28 percent federal and 4 percent state will be paid by the Lottery. The Missouri Lottery will also be awarding 100 similar Florida trip packages in the first of a two-part summer promotion. The first promotion, called "Green Thunder," starts June 14 and runs through July 16.

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