2009-04-14 10:28:04.557

Wellsville Truck Driver Wins $10,000 Prize

Story Photo A Wellsville man has plans to "take a vacation" after winning $10,000 on a Missouri Lottery "4 Million Dollar Cash Bonanza" Scratchers ticket.  Edwin "Scotty" Slavens, a 55-year-old first-time Lottery winner, discovered he was a winner at his home on April 13.

"I walked to Casey’s General Store with my grandson on Sunday morning," he began.  "I only live two blocks from the store.  I bought two tickets, and took them back to my house to scratch them."

It was a lucky morning for Slavens, as he ended up winning $25 on one ticket and $10,000 on the other ticket.

"We sat at my kitchen table and scratched the tickets," he said.  "I couldn’t believe it!"

According to Slavens, a self-employed livestock, grain and fertilizer truck driver, he was already planning a vacation to Cozumel, Mexico, but the prize money will help expedite his trip planning.

"I was going to try to go anyway, but now I am definitely going to Mexico," he revealed.  "My birthday is in July, so I will probably go then."

Slavens purchased the winning ticket from Casey’s General Store, 222 W. Hudson St. in Wellsville.

"4 Million Dollar Cash Bonanza," a $20 Scratchers game with a top prize of $4 million, officially began on Jan. 26, 2008.

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