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2011-03-07 15:31:20.937

Sikeston Man Claims First $50,000 'MONOPOLY' Prize

audio icon When the time comes for 40-year-old Anthony Graham of Sikeston to retire, he will be “sitting back and relaxing,” thanks to a $50,000 Missouri Lottery prize.
           
Graham, an employee at Food Giant, 945 E. Malone in Sikeston, said he occasionally buys Scratchers tickets before his shift begins. On March 2, he purchased a “MONOPOLY™” game that yielded the first top prize in the game.
           
“I looked at it about 12 times,” recalled Graham. “Then I took it up to our assistant manager, Ryan, and he just said, ‘You better get to St. Louis.’”
           
The first-time Lottery winner finished the work day, and he made the trip to the Lottery’s St. Louis office the following morning.
           
As for plans for the windfall, Graham noted that he will put the majority of his winnings into a savings account.
           
Graham added that the Lottery prize is “going to better my life.”

"MONOPOLY™," a $3 game with a top prize of $50,000, officially began on Dec. 4, 2010. To date, nine out of 10 top prizes remain in play.

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