2002-04-11 14:45:20.0


Story Photo A Canton emergency medical technician (EMT) uncovered a $1,000 prize in the Missouri Lottery’s new "Explore Missouri" Scratchers game. David Brooks, 41, said he stopped in Ayerco, 401 N. Fourth St. in Canton, around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to buy a Pepsi and a couple of lottery tickets. The fourth ticket he purchased turned out to be worth $1,000. Brooks said he has been buying the "Explore Missouri" tickets and keeping the non-winners to send in for one of the lottery’s 10 drawings for a weekend getaway package in Missouri. Players can win cash prizes of up to $20,000 or one of five 2002 Ford Explorers and $500 cash in the "Explore Missouri" Scratchers game. If a ticket is a non-winner, the player can enter the "Explore Missouri" promotion, which is a joint effort between the Missouri Lottery and the Missouri Division of Tourism and offers players a chance to win one of 30 trips to five destinations within Missouri through 10 separate drawings. Players can enter the promotion on-line by logging on 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. "Explore Missouri" is the 406th Scratchers game offered by the Missouri Lottery. The $2 game officially started Saturday. For more information about the "Explore Missouri" Scratchers game or promotion, visit the Missouri Lottery’s Web site at

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