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December 22, 2011

Lucky Carthage Man Becomes Instant Millionaire Again

Only twice in the history of the Missouri Lottery has a player won two prizes of $1 million or more. A Bonne Terre man won on two Scratchers tickets in 2010, and now a southwest Missouri man has won two multi-million dollar Scratchers prizes in 2011. Roger Hirshey, 66, claimed a $2 million top prize on a “Mega MONOPOLY™” ticket on Dec. 19. The Carthage resident bought the winning ticket at Casey’s General Store, 8084 E. Seventh St., in Duenweg.
   
This is the second large prize this year for Hirshey. He claimed a $3 million top prize on a Missouri Lottery “$3,000,000 Taxes Paid” Scratchers ticket in October.
   
“Players win large prizes playing Scratchers all the time, but for a player to win two prizes worth millions is amazing,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “It was exciting the first time it happened, and we are elated for this recent winner. It proves lightning can strike twice.”
   
Ernest Pullen of Bonne Terre won prizes of $1 million and $2 million in 2010. One of Pullen’s wins also came on a “Mega MONOPOLY” ticket.
   
Mega MONOPOLY” is a $10 game that officially began Aug. 29, 2009. The game features a top prize of $2 million. This is the fifth top prize to be claimed in the game; only one remains. Players can track prizes remaining for any Missouri Lottery Scratchers game here at Molottery.com.
   
Hirshey is the 63rd player to win $1 million or more instantly and the 329th Missouri-made millionaire. Of course, he now holds two spots in those statistics.

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