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2016-11-03 16:12:48.673

Twelve Missouri Cats and Dogs Selected for Lottery's 2017 Calendar

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For the better part of 2016, hundreds of cat and dog photos have been pouring into Missouri Lottery offices from pet lovers across the state. Missouri pet owners submitted photos of their pets in hopes to be featured in the Lottery’s 2017 calendar, themed “Cats vs. Dogs.”
           
“Trust me when I say that we had a difficult time selecting only 12 photos out of the 500 entries we received,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “Whether your dog is your best friend or you’re a lover of felines, everyone will enjoy these beautiful pets during 2017.”
           
The 12 photos, one featured every month of the year in the calendar, include a diverse range of breeds, sizes, ages and colors of loveable cats and dogs from across Missouri. The winning pet owners who submitted photos of their pets will receive $100 in Scratchers tickets, a photo credit in the 2017 calendar and copies of the calendar to share with loved ones.
           
The calendars are distributed to more than 4,700 Missouri Lottery retailers during the holiday season. They will also be available for Lottery players to purchase with points earned through their My Lottery Players Club account while supplies last.
           
“The calendar was just one portion of this ‘Cats vs. Dogs’ promotion. We also held a tournament between cats and dogs on Facebook where our fans could vote for their favorite animals until only one cat and one dog remained,” said Reardon. “We had more than 55,000 votes cast, and a dog ended up winning the contest.”
           
Reardon added that Lottery players can look forward to seeing more cats and dogs in 2017 when some of the pets submitted into the photo contest are featured on a “Cats vs. Dogs” themed Scratchers ticket.

2017 calendar contest winners:

Month
Pet’s Name
Photo Submitted by
City

January

Zoe

Karen McGillis

House Springs

February

Boone & Daisy

Amy Hembree*

Joplin

March

Sweet Pea

Randy Eschbach

Wentzville

April

Lance

Willie Dykes

Kansas City

May

Mittens

Amy Hembree*

Joplin

June

Cooper

Pam Murray**

Jefferson City

July

Rosie

Mitchel McAfee

Vandalia

August

Atticus

Tammy Hickman

Columbia

September

Watson

Jacob Whitley

Hannibal

October

Boots

Julie Valasek

Savannah

November

Reno

Lorrie Richeson

Camdenton

December

Chubbles

Teddi Pietsch

Riverside


To view all winning photos, visit:
http://www.molottery.com/extras/catsVdogs/winners.shtm

*Two winning photographs by this photographer were selected.
**Winner of the Facebook contest. 







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