2002-08-16 08:32:36.0


Story Photo Collecting lettered ticket stubs and spelling out the name "Elvis" parlayed into a 2002 Ford Thunderbird for a 24-year-old Springfield man. Michael Tuning said he has been collecting the game stubs in the "Viva Las Luckytown" promotion for about four weeks, and he found the "S" to complete the word "Elvis" on Aug. 9 to win the car.

"It’s a real neat car," he said. "I need wheels."

Tuning, who works at Willowbrook Foods in Springfield, said he has been without a vehicle for awhile since the brakes went out on his truck.

The grand-prize Thunderbird package, which is worth nearly $67,000, includes $500 cash. The Lottery will also pay withholding taxes on the prize.

A total of 2,002 prizes will be awarded in the promotion, which began June 8.

For a chance to win, players collect game pieces that can be found on three promotion-specific Scratchers games: "Quick Cash," which is a $1 game; "Red Hot Money," which is a $2 game; and "Elvis," which is a $3 game. Each game ticket has a perforated "scratch-off" game piece to affix to the promotion’s game board for a chance to win prizes.

Prizes can be claimed by filling out the claim form found attached to the game board and taking the claim form, game board and winning pieces to any Missouri Lottery office or by mailing them to the Lottery.

The 2,002 prizes offered are:

3 -- 2002 Ford Thunderbirds;
15 -- Trips for two to Oahu and Maui, Hawaii, and $1,000 cash;
10 -- Trips for two to Graceland® in Memphis, Tenn.;
50 -- Gateway 700X computer systems;
75 -- Premium brand 61-inch projection televisions;
100 -- $1,000 cash prizes;
870 -- Elvis prize packages;
879 -- 50 $1 Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets.

Visit the Missouri Lottery’s Web site at www.molottery.com for more information about the "Viva Las Luckytown" promotion.

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