January 12, 2017

$100,000 Top Prize Brings Extra Christmas Cheer in Liberty

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A regular Missouri Lottery Scratchers player, Victor Bernard of Liberty had never won a top prize. That is, until Bernard, 51, uncovered a $100,000 top-prize on a “Merry Money” Scratchers ticket on Christmas Day.

“My wife and I stopped to get fuel on our way to my mom’s house,” said Bernard, who chose to make his purchase at QuikTrip, 655 S. 291 Highway, in Liberty. “We were both sick with the cold at the time, and I asked her if she would mind running inside to buy us some Scratchers tickets.”

After purchasing seven “Merry Money” Scratchers tickets, Bernard and his wife, Teresa, departed for his mother’s house. Upon arriving, Bernard shared his tickets with the family members in attendance.

“I actually had the last ticket of the bunch, and I matched the first number on the ticket,” said Bernard, adding that he has a method he prefers when he plays his tickets. “I’ll scratch all the numbers first, then go back and do the prizes. Nobody believed me when I told them.”

“I thought he was joking or that he had one of those joke tickets,” said Teresa. “And I’m the one who even bought the tickets!”

The couple admitted that they had both been living in a surreal state since uncovering the prize, and that the reality of experience set in only after they brought the ticket to the Lottery’s Kansas City regional office on Jan. 5.

As far as spending their newly found fortune, the couple said they were weighing the option of purchasing a newer vehicle, but no decisions will be made until they have their check in hand.
Merry Money” is a $5 holiday-themed ticket that was introduced on Oct. 17, 2016. Remaining prize amounts for all Scratchers tickets can be found at MOLottery.com.  

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