March 18, 2008
St. Louis Woman Wins $1 Million Top Prize in Lottery Raffle
A St. Louis woman is the newest Missouri Lottery millionaire after winning the $1 million top prize in the Lottery’s Million-Dollar Raffle game. Brenda Easley, 49, bought seven tickets for the raffle and one of her 10-digit numbers matched the top-prize winning raffle number drawn on Jan. 21.
Easley was at home recovering from pneumonia on the Jan. 22 when she discovered that she held the winning ticket.
"I went and checked the tickets and had to go find my glasses to be sure of what I was seeing," Easley said. "I double-checked it and just started screaming."
Easley has three children. She has a daughter in college, and her son plans to start at ITT Technical Institute after he graduates this year. Easley plans to use part of her prize money to pay for his education. She also plans to pay off her house and some other bills with the money.
In addition to Easley’s top prize, two players won $100,000 prizes and 300 players won the third-level prize of $500.
The Million-Dollar Raffle was a Numbers Game that was a modern version of a traditional raffle. For $10, players could purchase a ticket with a 10-digit raffle number. Tickets were sold in sequential order from Nov. 12, 2007, through Jan. 19, when the game sold out. With only 250,000 tickets available for purchase, the game offered the best chance ever to win $1 million.