2002-07-29 08:29:24.0


A homemaker from Kansas City won $35,173 on the Missouri Lottery’s final episode of the "Fun & Fortune" television game show, which aired this past weekend.

Grace Smith, 54, competed in the show’s "Nest Egg" preliminary round where she won $14,873, $300 worth of "Fun & Fortune Wheel Spin" Scratchers tickets, and a seat in the "$10,000 Championship" round. During the later round, Smith won $10,000 but opted to risk losing half or increasing to nearly $250,000 during the "Mega Multiplier" bonus round. In the end, Smith won an additional $20,000 for a total of $35,173 in cash and prize winning, making her the final champion of the Lottery’s televised "Fun & Fortune" game show.

Smith purchased her qualifying ticket at Hy-Vee Food/Drug Store in Gladstone. The store received $1,743.65, an amount equal to 5 percent of Smith’s winnings, for selling the qualifying ticket.

The other contestants and their winnings from last weekend’s final show are:

  • Tammy Smith, Cadet, won $4,315;
  • Joe Jordan, O’Fallon, won $800;
  • Dennis Kircher, Louisburg, won $600;
  • Elizabeth Steffan, Jefferson City, won $600;
  • Mike Wallenbrock, Crystal City, won $600.

Nine home partners won a total of $2,940 on the show. James Brown, Ste. Genevieve, won $1,488; Billy Campbell, St. Louis (63118)*, won $1,000; Robert Johnson, Kirkwood, won $432; John Chiappetti, Frontenac, Kan., won $100; Aaron Erven, Wheatland, won $80; Barbara Miller, Webb City, Clara Orr, St. Louis (63147)*, and Julia Melkersman, Boonville, all won $60 each; and Bill Yeo, St. Louis (63125)*, won $50.

Replacing the televised "Fun & Fortune" game show, is the "Fun & Fortune Wheel Spin," which offers players more chances to win and bigger prizes.

For a chance to win $500 and to spin the wheel, players need to buy a new $2 "Fun & Fortune" Scratchers ticket. If the ticket is a winner and the prize won is ENTRY, the ticket should be mailed to the Lottery’s headquarters to be placed in a weekly drawing. Each week, 10 of these ENTRY tickets will be drawn, and those winners will receive $500 each. In addition, one of the 10 preliminary winners will be drawn for a chance to spin the wheel and win from $2,500 to $250,000.

The "Fun & Fortune Wheel Spin" will be held at the Lottery’s Jefferson City office at 1823 Southridge Drive and is open to the public. Each monthly "Wheel Spin" event will also be streamed on the Lottery’s Web site.

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