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October 13, 2010

Arkansas Family Scores $1 Million Missouri Lottery Prize

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An Arkansas family that routinely drives eight miles across the state line to purchase Missouri Lottery tickets has claimed the third of 10 $1 million prizes offered in the Missouri Lottery’s “$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza” Scratchers game.  The winning ticket was purchased at Mr. T’s Liquor Store, 510 U.S. Highway 412 in Cardwell, and the prize was split among six family members.

Leigh Morrisett, along with husband Tim Morrisett, father Farris “Randy” Jamison, sister and brother-in-law Jamie and Anthony “Neal” Adams, and aunt Catherine Labrum, all of Paragould, claimed their prize at the Lottery’s Springfield regional office just hours after making the purchase.

According to Leigh Morrisett, who served as spokesperson for the group, it is commonplace for the family members to give money to her father for the purchase of Missouri Lottery tickets.

“We all give him money for it,” she said.  “We kind of give him cart blanche to pick the tickets.”

His selection on Oct. 7 proved to be a winning decision, and after scratching the ticket inside the store, Jamison called his daughter to share the good news.

“He said, ‘You’ve got to come get me.  I hit,’” Morrisett explained.

At first, she thought he had been in an automobile accident, but he quickly told her he was talking about a Lottery win.

“But he likes to play jokes,” she laughed, recalling how she still wasn’t entirely sure her father was holding a $1 million ticket.

The rest of the family was also called in, and they discussed their next move over lunch. 

 “Let’s go; we can make it,” won out over waiting to travel to Springfield on another day to claim their prize, and they were soon on their way with claim forms they had downloaded from Molottery.com.

As far as how they’ll spend their prize money, Morrisett said the winnings will “mostly go to home improvement stuff.”

“I will say this:  We’ve won more on Missouri scratch-offs (than Arkansas tickets),” she said summing up her family’s experience.

Presented with the available options of collecting the $1 million prize in installments during the next 20 years or taking a lump-sum payout of $620,000, the family members opted for the lump-sum payment.  Their ticket was the 305th Missouri Lottery ticket redeemed for $1 million or more and the 51st to be cashed on a Scratchers game.

 “$5,000,000 Cash Extravaganza,”  a $20 game that officially began Jan. 23, offers more than $95 million in available prizes.  To date, seven $1 million prizes and three top prizes of $5 million remain unclaimed. 

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