2006-04-26 16:24:24.647

Houston Couple Claims First Top Prize in Lifetime Riches

Story Photo video icon audio icon A Houston couple recently became the first players to uncover a prize of $50,000 a year for life in the Missouri Lottery’s newest Scratchers game, "Lifetime Riches." Scott Pritchett, 37, and his wife, Candace, 35, said they are still in shock about their win, which happened on April 22. The top prize in the new game allows the Pritchetts to select either $50,000 a year for the rest of their lives or receive $800,000 cash now. The Pritchetts plan to take the cash. "We’re probably going to buy a new car," said Scott Pritchett when he claimed their prize April 24, the couple’s second wedding anniversary. "We came up (to Springfield) Saturday actually to look around at new cars. We were going to buy another car so she could have a new car, and I could have her car." Pritchett, who works in base maintenance at Fort Leonard Wood, explained that he and Candace both have long commutes to work, since Candace works in the billing office at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. The couple said they plan to invest at least half of the prize money, pay off their home mortgage and put some of the money aside for their two children. Pritchett purchased the winning ticket at Kum & Go, 5384 S. Campbell in Springfield, on April 22 while shopping and visiting family. He bought two of the "Lifetime Riches" tickets, and the big winner was the first ticket he uncovered. The new "Lifetime Riches" game, which officially started April 22, has the highest payout in the Lottery’s history and offers more than $100 million in cash prizes, including 10 top prizes of $50,000 a year for life. More than 75.62 percent of the $10 game’s sales will be returned to players as prizes. To date, 213 Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold in the Lottery’s 20 years of sales. Of those winning tickets, 10 were from Scratchers games, one which was from the "Lifetime Riches" game. There are still nine top prizes of $50,000 a year for life left in the game.

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