2010-06-18 12:54:38.857

Columbia Veteran Wins $10,000 Lottery Prize

Story Photo A Columbia couple uncovered a $10,000 prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket while sitting in the parking lot at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Columbia.  Thomas Hovey routinely buys Lottery tickets for his wife to scratch.  He puts them in his truck and then his wife, Mary, scratches them off "when I get a whole pile of them."  Mary was working on one such pile while the couple waited for the VFW to open on June 10.
The pile included a $5 "Silver 7’s" Scratchers ticket that Hovey had purchased at Break Time, 2205 N. Stadium Drive, in Columbia.  Thomas thinks the ticket may have been in the truck for a week before Mary uncovered the $10,000, and it took nearly another week before the couple made it to Missouri Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City to claim the prize on June 17.  Once the ticket was a known winner, the Hoveys became a little more protective of the small latex-covered card.  
"I was nervous," recalled Mary.  "I hate to carry it in my purse – what if I leave it somewhere?  And if we leave it at home, what if the house burns down?"   
After handing the ticket over to Lottery officials, Thomas and Mary ditched the worries and started to focus on how they would spend the windfall.  Thomas said they would get a bed-liner for their pickup and probably use some of the money to visit friends in San Antonio.  Thomas, a veteran of both Korea and Vietnam, has Army buddies he likes to visit in Texas. 
"Silver 7’s" is a $5 ticket that officially began Feb. 27.  The game features six top prizes of $77,000, of which, two remain.  Players can track prizes remaining for this and every Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at Molottery.com.

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