February 10, 2009
Pacific Man Celebrates 43rd Birthday with $30,000 Prize
A Pacific man’s birthday started off the same as many others, but it ended quite differently. Benny Larue didn’t have many plans for his 43rd birthday, other than taking off from work to run errands. However, a last-minute stop to Pacific Motomart, 279 N. Payne St. in Pacific, proved to be a very profitable decision.
"I had taken off work for the day to get my truck licensed," said Larue. "I was a little hungry, so I stopped at Motomart to get chips and bought some tickets."
According to Larue, a Missouri Lottery "Ace in the Hole" Scratchers ticket was "staring at him through the case," so he bought two tickets. Sitting in his vehicle, Larue received a $30,000 birthday surprise.
"The first ’Ace in the Hole’ ticket I scratched was the one (winner)," revealed Larue. "I didn’t really know what to think. I looked at it two or three times to make sure."
Larue, a first-time Lottery winner and father of two, called his wife with the good news, but she didn’t believe him right away.
"I said, ’Well, you’re fixing too, because I am going to bring it home and show it to you," said Larue.
When asked about plans for the prize money, Larue noted that he is looking forward to paying off vehicles and "getting caught up on bills."
"Ace in the Hole
," a $2 game with a top prize of $30,000, officially began on July 14, 2008, and has four top prizes remaining.