2002-04-23 09:38:18.0


Story Photo A stop for gasoline ended up bringing a Lee’s Summit man a new vehicle, when he purchased a Missouri Lottery $2 "Explore Missouri" Scratchers ticket and it turned out to be worth a brand new 2002 Ford Explorer. Adrian Freeman, 51, purchased his winning ticket on April 11 at Temp Stop, 1749 S.E. Langsford in Lee’s Summit. "I looked at it (ticket) for about 15 minutes," Freeman said. Freeman, who is an agent for Reliable Life Insurance Co., said he just bought a Kia Sportage sport utility vehicle last year, so he is not sure if he will keep the Explorer. The "Explore Missouri" Scratchers game officially went on sale April 6. 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 use it to enter the "Explore Missouri" promotion 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 the promotion by mailing their tickets to: Explore Missouri, Missouri Lottery, P.O. Box 104711, Jefferson City, Mo., 65110-4711. The promotion, which is a cooperative effort between the Missouri Lottery and the Missouri Division of Tourism, offers players a chance to turn their non-winning "Explore Missouri" Scratchers tickets into a weekend getaway to one of five locations - St. Louis, Kansas City, Hannibal, Branson or Lake of the Ozarks. The two-night getaway packages include hotel stays, gift certificates for restaurants, gas and area shopping, and a lottery prize package. Packages for St. Louis, Kansas City and Branson include four tickets to either an amusement park or a professional baseball game. The Lottery will conduct a total of 10 separate drawings to award 30 trips, three per drawing. The deadlines and drawing dates are as follows: ENTRY DEADLINES DRAWING DATES 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 winning 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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