2016-12-05 13:48:55.297

$100,000 Prize The Result of Girlfriend's Lucky Number

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A soft drink was the only thing on the mind of James “Frank” Weaver Jr. of Stoutland when he stopped by Martin’s Discount Cigarettes 2, 101 Crescent Drive in Lebanon, on Nov. 23. However, a nudge from his girlfriend, Deanna, to purchase a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket proved to be life-changing.

“She’s the big Scratchers player. I only play when she tells me to,” said Weaver. “I asked (the clerk) what number all of the $5 tickets were on. This one caught my eye because it was on number 27, my girlfriend’s lucky number. So I got that one.”

Weaver handed the ticket to Deanna to play after returning to his vehicle. Much to their surprise, the $5 “Merry Money” Scratchers ticket contained a $100,000 top prize.

“When she first scratched it, she had $20,000 and got excited. Then she scratched more and found more $20,000 prizes. We had to sit there in the parking lot for a little while,” said Weaver, whose ticket contained five matching numbers, each with a $20,000 prize.

Merry Money” is the $5 holiday-themed Scratchers ticket introduced on Oct. 17. Players can enter non-winning holiday-themed Scratchers tickets into the “Second Chance of a Lifetime: Yuletide Seaside” promotion for chances to win seaside getaways, among other prizes. More information about Scratchers tickets and promotions can be found at MOLottery.com.

The Missouri Lottery reminds players not to give Lottery tickets as gifts for children under 18 years old. 

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