2009-08-06 15:05:22.51

Strafford Man Claims First 'Emerald Green 8's' Top Prize

Though he plays Missouri Lottery Scratchers games on a regular basis, the outcome was better than usual on July 30 for Leon Riley, 62, who uncovered the first $88,000 top prize on an “Emerald Green 8’s” Scratchers ticket.

A quick stop to buy gas on his way to pick up a refrigerator led the Strafford man to purchase a lone ticket at Country Express, 785 W. Jackson St. in Marshfield.  Initially, he didn’t realize what he had won – even tossing the ticket on the floor board of his vehicle.  Luckily, another look later revealed his good luck.

“I was in shock,” Riley said.

He plans to “probably buy a piece of land” with his earnings.

Emerald Green 8’s,” a $5 game offering a top prize of $88,000, is one of the Lottery’s newest instant Scratchers games that began on July 18.  Details on remaining prizes for “Emerald Green 8’s” and all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games can be found on

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