2002-10-18 14:30:38.0


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A Park Hills couple is $10,000 richer after participating in the Missouri Lottery’s third "Fun & Fortune Wheel Spin" held at 2 p.m. today in Jefferson City. Ralph Wagner of Park Hills, who was a proxy for his wife, Debbie, 48, landed on a $10,000 spot, in addition to the $500 Debbie won by being selected as a weekly finalist. They plan to use their prize money to "upgrade" their home and buy some things for their grandchildren.

Ralph Wagner, who works for the Union Pacific Railroad, purchased the couple’s winning ticket at Fish’s Quick Stop in De Soto.

Three other Wheel Spin finalists each won $2,500, in addition to the $500 they won by being selected as a weekly finalist. They are: Michelle Chitwood, 32, of Jefferson City, who purchased her winning ticket at Westview Conoco in Jefferson City, where she is the manager; Chris Banaszek, 75, of St. Peters, who purchased her qualifying ticket at Dierbergs in St. Peters; and Kristina Freeman, 34, of Fletcher, who purchased her qualifying ticket at Fish’s Quick Stop in De Soto.

The new "Fun & Fortune Wheel Spin" replaced the televised "Fun & Fortune" game show. For a chance to win $500 and a chance to spin the wheel, players need to buy a new $2 "Fun & Fortune" wheel spin Scratchers ticket. If the ticket is a winner and the prize is "ENTRY," the ticket should be mailed to Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City to be placed in a weekly drawing. Each week, 10 of these "ENTRY" tickets will be drawn, and those winners will receive $500. In addition, one of these 10 preliminary winners will be drawn for a chance to spin the wheel and win up to $250,000. The smallest amount a player can win in the wheel spin is $2,500.

The "Fun & Fortune Wheel Spin" is open to the public. It is also streamed on the Lottery’s Web site for players to watch from anywhere in the world.

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