2009-02-09 10:44:37.417

Co-workers Claim $10,000 Lottery Prize

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Co-workers at Marshall Fireworks, Highway 65 and Interstate 70 near Marshall, became the first Missouri Lottery players to cash in on one of the upper-level prizes for the new “$200,000 A Year For Life” Scratchers game.  Melody Sloma-Hardin, 41, of Marshall and Holly Hieronymus, 36, of Sedalia joined forces to win a $10,000 prize after spying the latest Scratchers ticket at the store at which they both work.

After sharing a shift on Feb. 5, they decided to play the new game, which officially began on Jan. 31. 

“We saw the new tickets come in and wanted to give it a try,” said Sloma-Hardin.

She asked Hieronymus if she wanted to “split one” (a ticket).  It wasn’t a winner, but they decided to try once more.  The pair purchased another ticket and won $20, which they then used to buy the $10,000 winner.

“It was crazy,” recalled Sloma-Hardin.  As Hieronymus scratched the last ticket, “she was giggling and asked, ‘Is that a 12, and is that a 12 up there, too?’”

Though they were both seeing the same lucky ticket, they “didn’t believe it.”  That is until a quick scan at the store’s Check-A-Ticket machine confirmed their win.

“It’s already spent,” Sloma-Hardin said of the prize money.  “I’m getting a motor for my car, and Holly is catching up on bills.”

“$200,000 A Year For Life” is a $20 game offering the best payout percentage in Missouri Lottery history.  Three lucky players will win the top prize of $200,000 a year for the rest of their lives, 20 players will walk away with $100,000 and an additional 40 players will win $20,000.

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