October 2, 2007
Belgrade Woman Wins Top Prize in Lottery Promotion
Leutische Eckert, Belgrade, was drawn as the top prize winner in the Missouri Lottery’s "Texas Hold ’Em™ Poker" promotion. Eckert won a trip to a World Poker Tour® tournament in the third and final drawing in the promotion.
"You don’t know how exciting this is," Eckert told a Lottery official when she learned of her win. "That’s wonderful news."
The $5 "Texas Hold ’Em™ Poker" Scratchers ticket and the promotion have both been lucky for Eckert. She said she plays one or two tickets every now and then, and she won more than $1,000 - including prizes of $400, $100 and $500 - on the Scratchers game.
Although Eckert enjoys playing poker, she doesn’t think she will be able to get away for the trip, so she’s planning to take the cash option on the prize. The cash option is $15,011*, and the Missouri Lottery will pay standard state and federal withholding taxes on the prize.
Players could participate in the "Texas Hold ’Em&tade; Poker" promotion by entering one $5 non-winning "Texas Hold ’Em™ Poker" ticket. In addition to Eckert’s top prize, 100 players each won a World Poker Tour merchandise package, including a quad-folding poker game table top, a wheeling cooler bag, a 300-chip poker set, a fleece throw, sunglasses, tumblers and a clock.
For a complete winners list and more information, visit the promotion details
* The Missouri Lottery will pay 25 percent federal and 4 percent state withholding taxes for the top prize based on its value. Depending on personal income, winners may owe additional taxes for the prize, or they may be entitled to a refund. Total value of the prize is approximately $21,143.