2006-03-15 15:26:09.837

Defiance Couple Claim Third Ticket Worth $1 Million

Story Photo video icon A Defiance couple recently claimed the third $1 million top prize in the Missouri Lottery’s "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" Scratchers game. Barbara "Barb" Lindner, 54, said she bought only one $10 Scratchers ticket when she got off work on March 9. When she scratched that ticket off at home that afternoon, she found out it was worth $1 million. "She asked me how much I loved her," said Ted Lindner, 52, when his wife came to his workplace to show him the ticket. "I just kind of gave her a funny look and I thought, ’What are you getting at?’" The Lindners said they plan to use their prize money to get a new floor in their kitchen, remodel their basement and replace their above-ground pool with an in-ground pool. The Lindners are the parents of six children; the youngest is a senior in high school. "It’s just some more butter on the bread, just to help things out," said Ted Lindner, who works for Howell & Sons Excavating in Defiance. Barb Lindner works as a clerk at the Double D Market, 1300 Highway DD in Defiance, where she purchased the winning ticket. The new "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" game, which officially started on Sept. 10, 2005, has the highest payout in the Lottery’s history and offers more than $102.5 million in cash prizes, including 10 top prizes of $1 million. More than 75.14 percent of the $10 game’s sales will be returned to players as prizes. To date, 210 Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold in the Lottery’s 20 years of sales. Of those winning tickets, nine were from Scratchers games, three of which have been from the "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" game. There are still seven prizes of $1 million left in the game.

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