2008-04-15 15:40:44.923

Retired Desloge Man Wins $25,000 Instantly

John Portell, Desloge, is $25,000 richer after uncovering the prize on a "4 Million Dollar Cash Bonanza" Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.  Portell, 56, bought the $20 ticket on April 11 at Country Mart, 50 Berry Road in Bonne Terre.
"I thought it was $25, but then I saw the comma," Portell said.  "I said, ’Thank you,’ because I’ve been needing it."
Portell, who is retired from Bristol-Meyers Squibb in Indiana, said he plans to use his prize money to pay bills.
The $20 "4 Million Dollar Cash Bonanza" Scratchers game, which officially began on Jan. 26, offers four top prizes of $4 million and 16 prizes worth $1 million.

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