2010-07-09 14:53:19.2

Winner Says $250,000 Lottery Ticket 'Was Looking at Me'

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According to Joseph Marler of Pevely, it was a gut feeling that led him to purchase the Missouri Lottery “$250,000 Payout” Scratchers ticket that will enable him to buy a house.  Marler, 30, claimed the game’s first top prize of $250,000 at the Lottery’s St. Louis regional office on July 7.

When asked what prompted him to purchase that particular ticket, the concrete laborer said, “It was the last one on the roll, and it was looking at me.”

Marler was soon very glad he paid attention to that feeling when he moved outside and scratched off his ticket in the parking lot of the Daily Cheap convenience store at 506 N. Truman Blvd. in Crystal City.  For someone who had won “just the regular $30 here and there” from his previous Scratchers purchases, the $250,000 prize came as quite a shock.

“I was very excited, but it took me a minute to make sure I was reading it right and that it wasn’t fake or something,” he laughed.

“$250,000 Payout” is a $10 game, which officially began on June 12.

Marler’s win marks the second time in just a month that a Pevely resident has claimed a top prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.  In June, Earnest Pullen became the 300th Lottery-made millionaire when he uncovered a $1 million prize on the “100 Million Dollar Blockbuster” game.

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