2002-12-11 10:22:00.0


Story Photo A Springfield cosmetologist will be styling this holiday season after winning a grand prize 2002 Ford® Explorer and $500 cash in the first drawing of the Missouri Lottery’s "Big Sleigh Giveaway" held Nov. 27.  Marie Arnold, 60, said she and her husband, Karl, have been needing another car.

"I am truly blessed," said Arnold, who currently drives a ’90 Dodge Dynasty.

In addition to Arnold winning a Ford Explorer, four other players won their choice of either a $5,000 travel certificate or $5,000 worth of furniture.   Those winners are:  Andrea Ames of Nixa; Kristy Benfield of Oronogo; Lorene Martin of Poplar Bluff; and Edward Meier of St. Peters.

Six entrants will get to choose between a $1,000 shopping spree and a $1,000 travel certificate, a 61-inch television or a computer system by being drawn as second-place winners.   They are:  Willie Brown of Berkeley; Kevin Curry of Pleasant Hill; Raymon Durham of Springfield; Karla Prass of Herculaneum; Ken Seidel of Ballwin; and Kay Walker of St. Joseph.

Fifty other Missouri Lottery players were drawn to win $500 cash.  Prizes in the promotion, which began Nov. 2 and ends Jan. 10, 2003, include:   three grand prizes (one per drawing) of a 2002 Ford Explorer and $500 cash; 12 first prizes (four per drawing) of the winner’s choice of either a $5,000 travel certificate or $5,000 worth of furniture; 18 second-prizes (six per drawing) of the winner’s choice of a $1,000 shopping spree and a $1,000 travel certificate, a 61-inch television or a computer system; and 150 third prizes (50 per drawing) of $500 cash.

To enter the two remaining drawings, players can either mail $10 worth of Scratchers tickets from the five eligible holiday games to the Lottery or they can enter numbers from those tickets on the Lottery’s Web site.   Scratchers games eligible for the promotion are:  game 433, "Ho Ho Holiday," a $1 game; game 434, "Holiday Bucks," a $2 game; game 435, "Holiday Bingo," a $3 game; game 436, "Merry Money," a $5 game; and game 437, "$300,000 Season’s Greetings," a $10 game.

Entries can be entered through the Lottery’s Web site at www.molottery.com or mailed to:   Big Sleigh Giveaway, Missouri Lottery, P.O. Box 104711, Jefferson City, Mo., 65110-4711.  Players can also drop off entries at any Missouri Lottery office.  The two remaining drawing dates are Dec. 19 and Jan. 10, 2003.

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