May 21, 2002
FRIEND'S MOM GIVES STUDENT $2,500 GRADUATION PRESENT
A graduating high school senior received a substantial gift from his best friend’s mom after he uncovered a $2,500 prize on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket she had given to him. Wesley Hahn, 18, of Mexico said he had just come back to his house after graduation Sunday for a party and opened a gift of five Scratchers tickets that Debbie Giesker, his friend’s mom, had given him. While scratching the latex off in front of everyone at the party, the first ticket, from the "Ace in the Hole" game, turned out to be worth $2,500.
"Everyone had to look at it (ticket)," Hahn recalled. Hahn graduated from Community R-6 High School in Laddonia.
Hahn said he plans to use his prize money to help pay for tuition at Moberly Area Community College, which he plans to attend in the fall to study drafting and architecture.
Giesker purchased Hahn’s winning ticket at Kwik Store, 1719 S. Clark in Mexico.
"Ace in the Hole" is the 404th Scratchers game offered by the Missouri Lottery. The $1 game officially went on sale March 30.