2016-02-18 11:47:03.373

Blue Eye Resident Wins 'Once-In-A-Lifetime' Mardi Gras Trip

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Even a non-winning Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket made Bettina Miller of Blue Eye a winner. In February 2015, Miller’s name was drawn in the Lottery’s “Mardi Gras Trip-of-a-Lifetime” promotion, awarding her a truly unique trip to celebrate this year’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans. 

“This was the best trip ever,” exclaimed Miller upon her recent return home. “We’ve never been anywhere, much less anywhere outside of Missouri, and we were treated like kings and queens.”

As part of her prize, Miller and her husband, Jody, enjoyed a five-day and four-night trip to New Orleans. The trip included a historic tour of the city, premier seating for all four Uptown parades, an invitation to the Orpheuscapade Ball and attendance to the Orpheus Captain’s Party with balcony viewing of the Krewe of the Bacchus parade.

“Monday night was the main parade in front of our hotel, and Harry Connick Jr. was there! He was on the upstairs balcony from where we were at,” said Miller, who added that they continued to rub elbows with the New Orleans native at the black-tie Orpheus Ball, where he also performed.

During their trip, the couple also had the chance to experience Bourbon Street.

“I swear these people don’t sleep! All they do is eat and drink during Mardi Gras. They have constant parades; beads were flying everywhere. We came home with one 50-pound piece of luggage full of beads,” laughed the winner.

After returning home to Missouri, the mother-of-two said she would love to travel back to “The Big Easy” at some point in the future and would even take her children, too.

“We had heard of some horror stories, and I was to the point that I was a little paranoid about going, but it was nothing like that! It was so much fun, and I felt safe the entire time,” concluded Miller.

To win her prize, Miller used her My Lottery Players Club account to enter non-winning “MARDI GRAS WORLD™” Scratchers tickets into the “Mardi Gras Trip-of-a-Lifetime” promotion, which lasted from Dec. 1, 2014, to March 17, 2015.

The Missouri Lottery regularly offers players a variety of promotional drawings for additional chances to win unique prizes, like the “Golden Ticket” second-chance promotion awarding hundreds of cash prizes of up to $1 million. Information about all Missouri Lottery promotions can be found at MOLottery.com under the “Promotions” tab. 

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