A Branson man is helping to share the spirit of Christmas with needy children with some of the $100,000 prize he scratched off playing "Merry Money." When Ronald Herschend, 44, discovered he had won, he and his wife, Melissa, immediately agreed to use a portion of the money to buy Christmas gifts for needy children in their area through a program set up with the local fire department.
"There was never a question in our minds as to what we would do with a portion of the winnings," Herschend said. "I was raised to help others, and sharing this enables me to be a steward to those in need."
Herschend bought his winning ticket on Nov. 12 at Pure Country Conoco, 432 State Hwy. 248 in Branson, when he stopped for a soda after a Cub Scouts meeting.
"It’s a blessing," said Herschend. "A true gift."
"Merry Money," which went on sale Nov. 2, offers a top prize of $100,000 and a chance to win up to 20 times on each ticket.