A Kirbyville man became the first Missouri Lottery player to claim a $75,000 top prize on the new “Harley-Davidson®” Scratchers ticket. Terry Lund, 52, bought the ticket on a soda stop at White Oak Station, 3200 Green Mountain Drive, in Branson.
“I buy $10 worth of Lottery tickets every time I stop at the store to fill up my soda. I’m a soda junkie,” began Lund. “I play whatever feels good, and evidently, that one felt really good this morning.”
Lund asked for two of the Harley-Davidson Scratchers tickets and walked back out to his truck to scratch them. The self-employed window washer was pleasantly surprised.
“I scratched off the first one, and it was a $10 winner,” he recalled. “That just made my day, because I got my money back.”
It took him a little while to uncover all of the prizes on the second ticket.
“When I started scratching off the totals, there were $1,000 winners, $5,000 winners and $10,000 winners,” he continued. “I just sat there for a few minutes and said, ‘OK.’”
Lund eventually returned to the store and had the clerk check his math. After confirming his $75,000 surprise, he told the clerk, “Dude, I owe you a $100 bill.”
“This couldn’t have come at a better time in my life,” explained Lund. “I’ve just been so stressed. I’ll be completely debt-free when this is all said and done. That’s all I care about.”
In addition to paying bills, he said he planned to buy a new kitchen table with the prize money.
“I’ve had my heart set on this table. I just haven’t been able to afford it,” he said.
The “Harley-Davidson” Scratchers ticket also features an instant prize of a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Lund said he would have been happy winning that, as well, and will keep playing the game in hopes of winning again.
“Oh, yeah, I would have definitely taken the bike if I had got it,” he declared. “My brother is on his way down here first of April on his bike.”
However, Lund was pleased with the outcome.
“A weight has been lifted off my back that’s been there for five years now,” he said. “I’m a happy camper.”
Two top prizes and nine motorcycle prizes are still available in the Scratchers game. In addition, players can enter their non-winning “Harley-Davidson” Scratchers tickets into one of four drawings in the Lottery’s “Ticket To Ride” promotion to win: a Harley-Davidson motorcycle of their choice or $21,000; a $500 cash prize; or an officially licensed Harley-Davidson merchandise prize pack. Players can enter the promotional drawings online through a free My Lottery® Players Club account, and they also will automatically earn points to be redeemed for prizes in the Lottery’s online Points For Prizes™ store.