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September 27, 2011

St. Louis Woman Claims Cruise

audio icon One St. Louis woman’s good luck turned into good news for her sister. Patricia Lane, 54, ended up claiming an all-expense paid cruise on a Royal Caribbean® ship after her sister, Ella, won the prize on a “Missouri Lottery’s Anniversary Cruise” Scratchers ticket. 
   
“Well, she wasn’t sure she wanted to take a cruise by herself,” began Lane. “So she said, ‘I’ll give it to you, and then I’ll think about going.’”
   
Ella had purchased the ticket several months ago at Globe Cut Rate Drugs, 1900 S. Broadway, in St. Louis.
   
“I’ve been holding it a long time,” explained Ella. “I told my sister today, ‘You can have it.’ She can take care of the business, and then if I go, I’ll just pack up.”
   
“I’m fantastically well with it,” Lane said of being placed in charge of the cruise, a familiar position for the federal employee. “I’m glad that she thought enough of me, as her sister, to do that.” 
   
Lane added that her husband, Morgan, would be the backup if Ella decided not to go. However the arrangements work out, Lane was excited about the opportunity.
   
“I really want her to go. I think it would be a good experience for her. I like to cruise. I’ve cruised before” she said. “Actually, I just need a vacation.”
   
Missouri Lottery’s Anniversary Cruise” is a $5 Scratchers ticket that officially began Jan. 22. The game features a top prize of $75,000 and instant prizes of a cruise package on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. One top prize and several cruise packages remain unclaimed.

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