Five lucky Missouri Lottery players will be saying “Aloha!” to the New Year. The players, who were drawn in the first of three “Holiday in Hawaii” promotion drawings, each won a trip for four to Hawaii – along with $2,000 in spending money.
Bill Guthier of Platte City, Mitch Kolb of Jefferson City, John Lottes of Perryville, Steve Spears of Chillicothe and Neal Wiedmaier of Hermitage will celebrate the holiday season with a little island inspiration this year.
“That’s why we say ‘Happy Huladays’ here at the Missouri Lottery,” said Nicole Baldwin, promotions manager. “We just gave away five great Hawaiian vacations, as well as 15 $1,000 shopping sprees to our first-place winners… and we’ll do it again on Dec. 18 and Jan. 15!”
“It was definitely a surprise,” said Lottes, who learned of his win shortly after it was posted on the Lottery Web site.
“I told my wife, ‘You need to see this,’” he recalled about summoning his wife upstairs to view it on the home computer for herself. “I knew she wouldn’t believe me if I just yelled out I won!”
Each grand prize winner has the option of taking the trip or choosing the cash value of the prize ($10,000) to celebrate with a “luau” of their own here on the mainland.
Lottes is still pondering what he’ll do.
“We just took a trip to Spain,” he said, indicating he was leaning toward the cash option to cover some home improvement work he recently had done.
In addition to the grand prizes and first-place shopping sprees, 50 second-place winners at each drawing will receive $300 worth of Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets.
“When you add it all together, that’s 210 winners in all,” explained Baldwin.
Two drawings remain in the “Holiday in Hawaii” promotion. For a chance to win, players should submit at least $10 worth (in any combination) of current non-winning holiday-themed Scratchers tickets on or before the designated deadlines. The five eligible holiday-themed Scratchers are:
The next drawing will be held on Thursday, Dec. 18. The third and final drawing will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15. Players must submit entries for the last drawing by Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Players may enter the promotion one of three ways: through the Lottery’s Web site at Molottery.com; by submitting the entry at a Missouri Lottery office in Kansas City, Jefferson City, Springfield or St. Louis; by mailing it to the address below.
Entries mailed or submitted at a Lottery office must be in an envelope no larger than 11” x 5 ¾.” The promotion mailing address is:
Holiday in Hawaii
P.O. Box 104711
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4711
For more information about the promotion and a current list of all winners, go to Molottery.com.