May 18, 2006
Bonne Terre Woman Cooks Up $300,000 Top Prize
A cook for the Missouri Department of Corrections whipped up a $300,000 prize on a "$300,000 Casino Action" Scratchers ticket on May 10. Debra Varner, 43, said she "about fell out of her chair" when she realized that she’d won such a large prize.
"We’ve been looking at houses," Varner said when she claimed her prize at the Lottery’s St. Louis office on May 15.
In addition to a new house, Varner and her husband, Dave, said they plan to pay off bills with the prize money.
Varner purchased her winning ticket at Bonne Terre Citgo, 919 Benham St. in Bonne Terre.
"$300,000 Casino Action" is a $10 Scratchers game that officially went on sale July 2, 2005.