2007-02-27 14:52:41.273

Kahoka Man Uncovers $75,000 Tax-Paid Top Prize

Story Photo A railroad engineer for the Burlington-Northern Sante Fe Railroad bought one Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket and ended up winning $75,000 tax paid. Hal Plenge, 59, said he bought his winning ticket at Ayerco, U.S. Highway 61 in Alexandria, when he stopped for gas and cigarettes on Feb. 23. He took the ticket home and let his girlfriend, Ellen, scratch it.
"She said, ’Honey, is this a fake lottery ticket?’" Plenge said. "I told her, ’No.’ Then she asked me again, and then she told me it was worth $75,000."
Plenge said he plans to pay off the house they recently bought with some of the prize money. He also plans to buy a new vehicle for Ellen, "probably an SUV."
"$75,000 Tax-Paid" is a $5 Scratchers game that began on Dec. 24, 2005.

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