2011-04-07 10:10:55.927

Missouri Lottery and Bass Pro Shops Send Players Packing

Two happy campers will be enjoying the outdoors in style this summer, thanks to winning grand prizes during two exciting Missouri Lottery and Bass Pro Shops® promotions held in Springfield and St. Charles.

Keri Wilson of Vilonia, Ark., and Rebecca Graff of St. Peters each took home ultimate campsite prize packages, complete with a two-room family dome tent, two sleeping bags, two spinning rod and reel combos, two rocking folding chairs, a two-mantle propane lantern, a two-burner propane stove, a floating cooler and $100 in Scratchers tickets.

Each winner attended events held in celebration of the Missouri Lottery’s partnership with Bass Pro Shops®. The Lottery kicked off the first ever “Bass Pro Shops®” Scratchers game and promotion on March 26 at Bass Pro Shops® headquarters, located at 1935 S. Campbell, in Springfield. A second event was held on April 2 at Bass Pro Shops®, 1365 S. Fifth St., in St. Charles. 

One event featured a casting challenge into a large pool for chances to win Lottery and Bass Pro Shops® prizes, and one event offered games. Additionally, players could enter their non-winning “Bass Pro Shops®” Scratchers tickets into a second-chance drawing for the ultimate grand-prize campsite.

“I saw the tent set up, so I asked what was going on,” said Keri Wilson, grand-prize winner at the Springfield promotion.

Wilson added that she and her three children had been talking about “going camping and buying a tent for a while,” but they had never made the purchase.

“I crumpled up my ticket and entered it in the drawing, never thinking I’d win,” she shared. “I didn’t think anything more about it until a Lottery official called me that Monday to tell me I won!”

The 37-year-old office manager said she is already planning a camping trip.

“We might go (camping) for the first time this weekend,” she said, adding with a laugh that her “kids, who are already fighting over who gets to use the fishing rods first, are really excited!”

A few hundred miles away, Rebecca Graff of St. Peters, grand-prize winner at the St. Charles event, said finding out she won was the “best birthday present ever.” Graff, who turned 22-years-old on April 5, noted that she attended the promotion hoping to “have some birthday luck.”

“My husband, Marc, works at Bass Pro Shops®, so he told me about what was going on,” Graff explained. “When I found out that I won, I was like, ‘Wow, really?’”

The mother-of-one said winning the prize means that she and her husband can “take our 15-month old daughter out and teach her about the outside world.” She added that their upcoming camping trip will be the family’s first vacation since the birth of their daughter.

“My husband was in the military, so he’s already traveled everywhere,” she said. “It will be so nice to go somewhere together as a family. We can’t wait!”

The $5 “Bass Pro Shops®” Scratchers ticket offers players a chance to win up to $75,000 and more than 750 Bass Pro Shops gift cards worth $500. In addition to the game, players can enter non-winning tickets into the “Missouri Lottery’s Ultimate Outdoor Adventure” promotion for a chance to win one of three grand-prize outdoor adventure trip packages of the winners’ choice, selecting from among 10 all-inclusive adventure packages worth more than $24,000.

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