2000-02-01 11:14:05.697


A retired Manchester woman and her husband will soon be traveling to Hollywood to audition for a spot in an upcoming "Wheel of Fortune" television game show. Janet Atherton’s name was drawn yesterday in the fourth of six Missouri Lottery "Wheel of Fortune" promotion drawings. The lottery received approximately 9,900 entries for the fourth drawing. "People are always telling me I should go on (Wheel of Fortune)," said Atherton, 61, who previously owned and operated a cleaning business and an accounting agency. The prize includes a trip for two to Hollywood for four days and three nights, complete with airfare, hotel accommodations and airport/studio shuttle. Each of the six top-prize winners will also receive a check for $1,000 and will get a chance to audition for the "Wheel of Fortune" game show. Atherton’s audition date has not been set. In addition to the trip and cash, the lottery will also pay 4 percent state and 28 percent federal withholding taxes on the value of the prize package. If Atherton is selected to be a contestant on a future "Wheel of Fortune" game show as a result of the audition, she will be flown back to Hollywood for another complimentary three days and two nights stay to compete on the show. The Missouri Lottery’s "Wheel of Fortune" promotion started Sept. 25, 1999, and will end April 14. To enter, players can use non-winning "Wheel of Fortune" Scratchers tickets, watch the syndicated "Wheel of Fortune" game show and note which television contestant won the game show on the date watched, along with the position of the winning player. Atherton’s winning ticket was completed with information from the Dec. 20, 1999, show which aired on KSDK-TV, Channel 5, in St. Louis. Atherton purchased her winning ticket at Schnucks Market, 1310 Big Bend in Twin Oaks. Atherton said she and her husband, Al, only sent in two entries during the promotion. To enter, players should take entries in business-size envelopes to any Missouri Lottery office or mail them to: Wheel of Fortune Drawing PMB 369 901 Missouri Boulevard Jefferson City, MO 65109 Two additional drawings will be held on Feb. 29 and April 28. Along with a grand-prize winner from each drawing, the lottery will award 1,350 Missouri Lottery/"Wheel of Fortune" T-shirts.

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