2000-08-21 10:39:36.6


A former Sedalia man’s traditional vacation to his hometown and the Missouri State Fair paid off after his name was drawn to win a new red 2000 Dodge Ram pickup truck. Galen Bigelow Sr. of Fort Scott, Kan., 57, said he and his family have been coming back to the fair each summer since they moved away in 1957. This year the family camped on the fairgrounds from Aug. 13-16. While at the fair, Bigelow entered 15 or 16 non-winning tickets he purchased there for a chance to be selected in a daily drawing for 10 prizes of $100 or 10 prizes of 100 Scratchers tickets. Bigelow’s name was drawn Aug. 15 to win a $100 prize. On the final day of the fair, all 220 tickets drawn to win the daily prizes during the 11-day fair were entered into the grand-prize drawing, and Bigelow’s ticket was selected to win the truck. Bigelow, who is the dairy manager for Gene’s IGA West in Fort Scott, Kan., said he plans to keep his new truck. He currently owns a ’91 Ford Explorer and a ’77 Dodge truck that he uses on his farm. In addition to the truck, the lottery paid state and federal withholding taxes on Bigelow’s prize package worth more than $35,000.

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