2006-05-15 14:35:48.807

St. Louis Dispatcher Claims Second Top Prize in Lifetime Riches

A police dispatcher in the St. Louis area became the second person to claim a top prize in the Missouri Lottery’s newest Scratchers game, "Lifetime Riches." Sharon Stewart, 48, claimed her prize on May 10, the same day she purchased her winning ticket. The top prize in the new game allows Stewart to select either $50,000 a year for the rest of her life or receive $800,000 cash now. Stewart plans to take the cash.
Stewart purchased her winning ticket early the morning of May 10 after she got off work. She bought two "Lifetime Riches" tickets at QuikTrip, 9099 Natural Bridge in Bel-Ridge, when she stopped to cash a $20 winning "Lifetime Riches" ticket that she had previously bought. She took the two new tickets home to scratch.
"I didn’t have my glasses on, so I started looking for my glasses," said Stewart, describing her winning moment.
Stewart plans to use her prize winnings to pay off bills and make some investments.
"I’ll share some with my family," she said.
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, 215 Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold in the Lottery’s 20 years of sales. Of those winning tickets, 11 were from Scratchers games, two which were from the "Lifetime Riches" game. There are still eight top prizes of $50,000 a year for life left in the game.

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