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September 27, 2010

Bonne Terre Man Becomes Instant Millionaire Twice

Story Photo audio icon A Bonne Terre man has become the first Missouri Lottery player to win $1 million or more on a Scratchers ticket more than once.  Ernest Pullen, 57, won $1 million on a “100 Million Dollar Blockbuster” Scratchers ticket in June.  He doubled that prize with his most recent win - $2 million on a “Mega MONOPOLY™” Scratchers ticket he purchased on Sept. 17.
   
Pullen relocated from Pevely to Bonne Terre after his first big win.  That left him with a new favorite store where he bought the lucky ticket; Miller’s Quick Shop, 1601 St. Francois Road, in Bonne Terre.  Pullen said he has now “fulfilled his dream.”   
   
“About six years ago, I had a dream that I won a lot of money,” recalled Pullen. 
   
Even though he won $1 million earlier this year, Pullen didn’t feel like he had completed the dream yet.  He does now. 
   
“All the numbers I dreamed about, and all my lucky numbers, were on the card,” he explained.  “I might buy a Powerball and a Mega Millions, but that’s about it.” 
   
Pullen opted to take the cash payment, instead of the annuity, for both of his wins.  He will receive a payment of $1.3 million before taxes.  Plans for the money include fixing up his new house. 
   
“It needs a new seawall on the lake,” he said.
   
Pullen said he considers himself a “lucky guy,” and his string of wins validates that assessment.  Although he only plays games that offer big prizes, winning two top prizes on a Scratchers game is rare.  He doesn’t expect it to happen again. 
   
“My wife said she’s winning the next time!” exclaimed Pullen.
   
“Mega MONOPOLY™” is a $10 game that officially began August 29, 2009.  The game features six top prizes of $2 million, of which three remain.  Players can track prizes remaining for this and every Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at Molottery.com.

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