July 7, 2011
Good Karma Propels Freistatt Man to Top Lottery Prize
Donald Ayers of Freistatt decided to pay it forward when he won a $500 gift card on a Missouri Lottery “Bass Pro Shops®” Scratchers ticket in early spring. Since he “already had all the fishing gear” he could use, he gave the gift card to a friend. On July 1, good fortune struck the 69-year-old once again while playing the same game. This time, he uncovered a top prize of $75,000.
“It still hasn’t sunk in,” said Ayers, who bought the winning ticket at Herds General Store, 1100 S. Lincoln in Monett, after finishing his shift at Walmart.
The lucky Lottery winner isn’t sure what he’ll do with the windfall, but he noted that the prize will “help the bank account.”
“Bass Pro Shops
,” a $5 game with a top prize of $75,000 and more than 750 Bass Pro Shops gift cards worth $500, officially began on March 26.