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2015-01-06 11:43:49.907

St. Peters Man Wins First Top Prize in New Scratchers Game

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It did not take long for the first $50,000 top prize in one of Missouri Lottery’s newest Scratchers games to be claimed. “Red Hot Cherries” was officially introduced on Dec. 29, the same day that Michael Lewis Jr., 32, purchased five of the tickets from Ramzey’s BP, 1980 S. Old Hwy. 94, in St. Charles. One of those tickets awarded Lewis a cool $50,000 prize.
 
When claiming his prize at the Lottery’s St. Louis regional office on Dec. 30, Lewis said he was at the retail location when he saw the new ticket on one of the Lottery’s terminal screens. Feeling lucky, Lewis purchased five of the $3 tickets.
 
“The very first one I scratched was the $50,000 winner. I didn’t play the other four for an hour or so,” laughed Lewis, who had just come to terms with his win. “My heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest.”
 
Lewis, a mechanic, said he was at home when he uncovered the prize and that his girlfriend did not initially believe him.
 
“I played a joke on her awhile back by sending her a picture of a $750,000 winning ticket, saying that I had won it,” shared Lewis.
 
Lewis continued, saying that it was not until he had her examine the ticket that she started to believe his good fortune.
 
This was not the first lucky purchase for Lewis at Ramzey’s BP. According to Lewis, he has won a few $1,000 prizes on other Scratchers tickets purchased from the retailer in the past.
 
As far as spending his most recent Lottery win, the St. Peters resident thinks he will put some of the winnings towards home upgrades, along with bill payments.
 
Red Hot Cherries” is a $3 game that was officially introduced on Dec. 29. The game offers more than $8 million in prizes, including four remaining $50,000 top prizes. Search all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games and remaining prize amounts at MOLottery.com.

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