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2015-02-05 10:46:06.983

Seven Year Promise Yields $100,000 Prize

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An agreement that has spanned more than seven years has landed two friends from Fenton and Pevely a $100,000 Missouri Lottery prize. For the past seven years, Marilyn Craig, 60, and Darold Cameron, 65, have had a mutual agreement to split any winnings won through the Missouri Lottery. The pact has earned the friends a few $1,000 prizes before, but their most recent $100,000 windfall marks their largest prize won yet.
 
Cameron purchased the winning “50X The Cash” Scratchers ticket at Arnold Express Mart, 1919 Richardson Road, in Arnold on Jan. 13.
 
“I’ve been buying Lottery tickets from the same clerk for the past 20 years,” began Cameron, while claiming the prize at the Lottery’s St. Louis regional office on Jan. 26. “I scratched the ticket in my truck in the parking lot; at first I thought I had won $1,000.”
 
After realizing the prize he uncovered contained a few more zeros, the retired Pevely resident returned to the retailer to have his ticket checked. After confirming his suspicions, the Arnold Express Mart clerk gave Cameron sound advice by telling him to sign the back of the ticket.
 
“I was shaking like a leaf,” recalled Cameron.
 
Once he returned to his vehicle, Cameron contacted his longtime Lottery partner to share the good news.

“I asked her, ‘Are you sitting down?’ She said she was, but I asked her again just to make sure,” laughed Cameron.
 
Craig could hardly believe what her friend was telling her, but, after seeing the ticket for herself, the Fenton resident was overjoyed with the news.
 
“I hardly ever win,” admitted Craig. “I let him play the games because he always has luck like this.”
 
The two friends will split the prize between themselves. Cameron believes he will buy a small piece of property for hunting, whereas Craig is looking forward to upgrading from her 1993 Mazda.
 
50X The Cash” is a $10 Scratchers game that was officially introduced on Dec. 30, 2013. The game, which offers players the chance to multiply their winnings up to 50 times, offers more than $6 million in prizes, including a $1 million top prize. Search all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games information and remaining prize amounts here at MOLottery.com.

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