August 13, 2001


The manager at Abel’s Quik Shop in Monroe City didn’t have to sell gas or potato chips to come out $5,250 ahead on Saturday. Melinda Dexter, 42, won the grand prize in the Missouri Lottery’s "Second Chance for Fun & Fortune" Game Show held at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. "I kept thinking there are so many things I would like to spend the money on," Dexter told Lottery officials. "I definitely need a new refrigerator." Dexter said she has attended the game show at the fair each year since 1996, but this was the first time she was a contestant. She said it is a tradition for her whole family to go to the State Fair each year for several days. Fairgoers entered non-winning "Fun & Fortune" tickets purchased at the Lottery’s booth on Aug. 11 for a chance to become a contestant in the show, which started at 5:30 p.m. During this year’s State Fair, the Lottery also is offering fairgoers a chance to win 20 daily prizes valued at $100 and a grand prize 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac SUV. For more information about the Lottery’s prizes and winners at the State Fair, visit the Lottery’s Web site at

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