2002-04-29 09:17:36.0


Story Photo A retiree from Joplin won $31,466 on the Missouri Lottery’s "Fun & Fortune" television game show, which aired this past weekend. Bill Ward, 65, competed in the show’s "9 Ball" preliminary round where he won $11,466 and a seat in the "$10,000 Championship" round. During the later round, Ward won $10,000, but opted to risk losing half or increasing it to possibly $250,000 in the "Mega Multiplier" bonus round. In that round, Ward won $20,000, bringing his total winnings to date to $31,466. Ward will return again next week as the champion. Ward purchased his qualifying ticket at Lacy’s II in Joplin. The store received $1,573.30, an amount equal to 5 percent of Ward’s winnings, for selling the qualifying ticket. The other contestants and their winnings from last weekend’s show are: *Virgil Schwent, St. Louis (63116)*, $3,945; *Bob Connolly, Charlack, won $800 and $500 worth of Citgo cash cards; *Paul Jinks, Jefferson City, won $800; *Vanessa Highley, Springfield, won $700; *Claire Gage, Kansas City, won $700. Nine home partners won a total of $2,992 on the show. Russell Kessler, Brighton, won $1,147; Bonny Anderson, Centralia, won $1,000; Edna Roach, Green Castle, won $395; Christine Hughes, St. Louis (63123)*, won $100; April Boyer, Mineral Point, and Mary Smith, Jefferson City, won $80 each; Raymond Rhodes, Kansas City, and Frances Rohmann, Des Peres, won $70 each; and John Bock, Eldon, won $50. Six contestants and nine home partners are selected each week. To become a contestant on "Fun & Fortune," you must play the Lottery’s Scratchers game by the same name. Match any of "Your Numbers" to either of the "Fun & Fortune Numbers" to win the prize shown. If the numbers match and the prize won is a television symbol, you are automatically a contestant on the game show; if the numbers match and the prize won is an "ENTRY" prize, you can send it in for a chance for your name to be drawn as a contestant or home partner. Stage contestants could win more than $250,000 in the weekly show. "Fun & Fortune" airs on these television stations at the following times: Cablevision, Channel 42 in Caruthersville- Saturday at 8:25 a.m. KMBC-TV, Channel 9 in Kansas City - Saturday at 5 p.m. KTVI-TV, Channel 2 in St. Louis - Saturday at 5:30 p.m. KMIZ-TV, Channel 17 in Columbia - Saturday at 6 p.m. WGEM-TV, Channel 10 in Hannibal - Saturday at 6 p.m. TCI, Channel 36 in Springfield - Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. *denotes zip code for coverage determination

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