2002-04-08 07:15:35.0


Story Photo A St. Louis man can thank his client for telling him about the Missouri Lottery’s "Explore Missouri" promotion that was taking place in Union Station on April 4. Charter Cable Co. advertising account executive Scott Caringer, 37, (63123*) said he was visiting his client at Logos and Labels around 2 p.m. that day, when she told him he should enter the promotion. Caringer took her advice, and the next thing he knew his name was being drawn to win a weekend getaway trip package to his choice of one of five Missouri locations. "I can’t believe this," Caringer told Lottery officials when he claimed his prize. Caringer, who was unfamiliar with the details of the promotion, said he is not sure which package he will pick. He said he might be tempted to take the St. Louis package, since it includes professional baseball tickets. "Explore Missouri" is a new Scratchers game and promotion that officially started on April 6. To enter the promotion, which is a joint effort between the Missouri Lottery and the Missouri Division of Tourism, players need to first 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. Those who enter the "Explore Missouri" promotion will have the chance to win one of 30 trip packages in 10 separate drawings. Players can enter the drawings on-line by logging on www.molottery.com and entering the 14-digit serial number on the back of a non-winning "Explore Missouri" ticket. Players can also enter by mailing their tickets to: Explore Missouri, Missouri Lottery, P.O. Box 104711, Jefferson City, Mo., 65110-4711. The prize packages, valued at approximately $1,700, are for the winner’s choice of one of five locations: St. Louis, Kansas City, Hannibal, Branson and Lake of the Ozarks. The packages include a two-night hotel stay, gift certificates for meals, gas, local shopping and a Missouri Survival Kit with Lottery merchandise. The St. Louis, Kansas City and Branson packages also include four tickets to either a professional baseball game (where applicable) or four tickets to an amusement park. 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. For more information, visit the Lottery’s Web site at www.molottery.com.

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