A group of 12 friends who regularly host elaborately-themed bunco parties – complete with Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets as prizes – has been named the Lottery’s November Team of the Month, as part of the Lottery’s Captains Club promotion. The “Bunco Friday Friends,” otherwise known as “The BFFs,” will receive a prize package of Lottery merchandise, as well as a feature at Molottery.com.
Team members include: Connie Bauman, Jill Dunlap, Amy Friend, Anne Grein, Kelly Heil, Jennifer Heller, Angie Kertz, Joann Luttrell, Clarissa Naeger, Ellen Okenfuss, Gina Roth and Carrie Staab, all of Ste. Genevieve. Each of the “BFFs” takes a turn as hostess of a themed bunco night during one month of the year.
From “Biker Bunco” to “80s Prom Bunco” to “Luau Bunco,” the women have been playing together for more than five years. Best of all, according to Connie Bauman, who serves as the group’s Lottery team captain, is the fact that “all of our buncos feature Missouri Scratchers as a prize to compete for.”
“During our bunco night, there are challenges, such as coming dressed as our theme or winning a competition held during the bunco to win your Scratchers ticket,” she said. “Then we scratch them together just waiting for the chance to yell, ‘I won!’ There is no way to describe how excited we get just to have a chance to win big with the Missouri Scratchers tickets, which are perfect for our $60-a-month bunco budget.”
As for advice for other Lottery teams, Bauman suggests making it a point to get together simply to enjoy each other’s company.
“Have a great time and include Missouri Scratchers for the thrill of it, and if your group doesn’t hit a huge jackpot prize, then at least you haven’t lost anything, and you’ve gained a lifetime of friendship,” she said. “Oh, and realize that everyone has a budget, and you don’t have to go over your budget to play the Missouri Lottery; there’s a Scratchers at a price that’s just right for you, too.”
The Missouri Lottery recognizes a players’ group each month as part of the Lottery Captains Club promotion. To tell us about your team, visit our Captains Club page.