1999-09-09 11:24:16.447


Three more Missourians are the owners of brand new 1999 Limited Edition Ford Explorers after their names were selected Tuesday in the fifth weekly drawing of the Missouri Lottery’s "Explor-A-Thon Mega Summer Spectacular" promotion. Mike Bell, 47, of Strafford, Georgia Jones, 43, of Rutherford, Tenn., and Ray Price, 61, of Blue Springs each will receive an Explorer, $500 and taxes paid on the prize package worth more than $43,000. The three names were drawn from among 137,500 entries sent in for the fifth drawing. In addition to three Explorer winners, 500 entrants were drawn to win a $20 gift certificate to Sam Goody music store. (See complete list at www.molottery.com) Mike Bell said he submitted maybe two or three entries for the fifth drawing. Bell is the manager of Cedar Ridge Portable Buildings in Springfield. He currently drives a ’91 Ford Ranger truck, and he "thinks it’s great" that he won an Explorer. Bell’s winning entry was produced at QuikTrip, 2805 N. Kansas Expressway in Springfield. Georgia Jones said she only submitted one entry into the fifth drawing. Jones works as the office manager for Dyersburg Ford/Lincoln/Mercury car dealership in Dyersburg, Tenn. Jones recently turned in a leased Ford Expedition and has been driving a loaner until she purchased her next vehicle. She no longer has to look for a new car. "I have to buy my cars like everybody else," she said. Jones’ winning entry was produced at Showcase Package, 3907 S. Ward in Caruthersville. Ray Price sent in approximately six entries during the promotion. The self-employed car wholesaler says he plans to keep the Explorer. "I’m a Ford man," he said. Price’s winning entry was produced at Price Chopper, 1305 N. 7 Highway in Blue Springs. Promotion entry forms were automatically generated by the lottery terminals with each $5 purchase of Powerball, Missouri Lotto, SHOW ME 5, Pick 4 or Pick 3 through Sept. 4. On Sept. 13, the grand-prize drawing will be held to award five more Limited Edition Ford Explorer packages and 500 $20 gift certificates to Sam Goody. The entry deadline for that drawing is 5 p.m., Sept. 9. Players should complete the entry form and either hand-deliver it to a Missouri Lottery office or mail it to: Summer Promotion Missouri Lottery PO Box 104711 Jefferson City, MO 65110-4711

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