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2002-10-29 14:48:46.0

EUGENE BUS DRIVER PICKS UP $3,000 IN SCRATCHERS GAME

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A school bus driver for Eugene public schools drove home Oct. 28 with $3,000 more in her pocket after playing the Missouri Lottery’s "Gold Fever" Scratchers game. Carol Puckett, 32, said her husband, Rod, picked up four Scratchers tickets when he stopped in Merten’s Mini Mart in Eugene on Oct. 27 to get gasoline, a newspaper and some candy bars. He let Carol select one to scratch, and that ticket turned out to be worth $3,000.

"We just buy lottery tickets every so often," Puckett said.

The Pucketts, who are the parents of seven children, said they plan to use their prize money to buy new tires for Rod’s truck, go shopping, pay bills including tuition for their children’s parochial school.

"Gold Fever," a $1 Scratchers game, officially went on sale June 29.







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