2006-08-24 09:34:08.6

Charlack Woman Claims Fourth Ticket Worth $1 Million

audio icon A cashier for Reuther Jeep in Creve Coeur can pay her own car off now after she uncovered a $1 million top prize in the Missouri Lottery’s "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" Scratchers game. Bessie Jones, 52, of Charlack, said she was with her fiancé, Kenneth, on Aug. 19 when he stopped at Discount Smoke Shop, 4400 Woodson Road in St. Louis, to buy some cigarettes and some Scratchers tickets. While there, Jones bought one Missouri Lottery ticket to play later. When she uncovered the top prize at home around midnight night, she couldn’t believe her eyes.
"I was in a state of shock," she said. "I thought I was going to have a heart attack."
Jones said along with paying their car loans off, she and Kenneth plan to use the prize money to pay off bills and make some investments.
"We’ll take a couple of small vacations, later in the year or at the beginning of next year; nothing really major," said Jones.
Jones is the fourth person - all from the St. Louis area - to uncover a top prize in the "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" game. On Sept. 29, 2005, Steve Shepard of Mineral Point won a $1 million top prize; on Jan. 20, Alfred Meyer of Florissant uncovered a top prize; and on March 9, Barb and Ted Lindner of Defiance won a $1 million top prize in the game.
The "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" game, which officially started on Sept. 10, 2005, has one of the highest payouts 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, 218 Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold in the Lottery’s 20 years of sales. Of those winning tickets, 13 were from Scratchers games, four of which have been from the "$100 Million Cash Spectacular" game. There are still six prizes of $1 million left in the game.

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