2002-04-04 10:24:28.0


What do the Missouri Lottery and the Missouri Division of Tourism both have in common? Both are giving Lottery players a chance to "Explore Missouri" through a new Scratchers game and promotion by the same name, which officially begins April 6. This is the first time the two agencies have pooled their resources to have a greater impact.

"We think it is a great idea to combine our Scratchers ticket and promotion with the state’s tourism efforts," said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. "The Scratchers ticket will be the vehicle to enter the promotion, which offers entrants a chance to win one of 30 Missouri Weekend Getaway trip prize packages to their choice of five Missouri locations. These packages will be provided by the Division of Tourism."

To participate, players can purchase a $2 "Explore Missouri" Scratchers ticket. Players can win cash prizes of up to $20,000 or one of five 2002 Ford® Explorers and $500 cash in the instant-win game.

If the ticket is a non-winner, the player can enter on-line by logging on www.molottery.com and entering the 14-digit serial number on the back of their non-winning ticket. Players can also enter by mailing their tickets to: Explore Missouri, Missouri Lottery, P.O. Box 104711, Jefferson City, Mo., 65110-4711.

The Lottery will conduct 10 separate drawings to award 30 trips, three per drawing. The deadlines and drawing dates are as follows:

April 12----------------April 19
April 19----------------April 26
April 26----------------May 3
May 3-------------------May 10
May 10------------------May 17
May 17------------------May 24
May 24------------------May 31
May 31------------------June 7
June 7------------------June 14
June 14-----------------June 21

In addition to a chance to win a new Ford Explorer or a Missouri trip package, the Missouri Lottery will also pay withholding taxes on both prizes. 

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