2003-03-07 08:36:15.0


Story Photo video icon A retired Barnhart man is $10,000 richer after participating in the Missouri Lottery’s ninth "Fun & Fortune Wheel Spin" held at 2 p.m. today in Jefferson City.  Walter Stanhouse, 68, said he plans to use the money to help with everyday expenses.

Stanhouse purchased his qualifying ticket at Express Mart in Barnhart.   He mailed four entries for the drawing on Feb. 21.

Two other contestants each won $5,000 in the spin.   Shannon Powers, 42, of House Springs said she plans to use her prize money to help with upcoming expenses to move her business, Rodney’s Eat Right Diner in House Springs.  She purchased her qualifying ticket at Price Chopper in House Springs.

"We’re buying the old firehouse,"she said.   "This will help."

Travis Williams, 18, of Kansas City was the youngest wheel spin contestant.  He also won $5,000.  A student at Hickman Mills High School, Williams said he plans to use the prize money to buy a car - "something fast."

Williams purchased his qualifying ticket at 7-Eleven, 8901 Wornall Road in Kansas City. 

The fourth contestant, James McGuire, 61, of Potosi, spun the wheel and won $2,500.   He said he is not sure what he will do with his winnings, but he was sure his only son would get some.  McGuire purchased his winning ticket at Country Mart in Potosi.

In addition to the prize money won through the actual Wheel Spin event, the contestants also received a check for $500 for being selected as a finalist.

The "Fun & Fortune Wheel Spin" replaced the televised "Fun & Fortune" game show.   For a chance to win $500 and a chance to spin the wheel, players need to buy a $2 "Fun & Fortune" wheel spin Scratchers ticket.  If the ticket is a winner and the prize is "ENTRY," the ticket should be mailed to Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City to be placed in a weekly drawing.  Each week, 10 of these "ENTRY" tickets are drawn, and those winners receive $500.   In addition, one of these 10 preliminary winners will be drawn for a chance to spin the wheel and win up to $250,000.  The smallest amount a player can win in the Wheel Spin is $2,500.

The "Fun & Fortune Wheel Spin" is open to the public.   It is also streamed on the Lottery’s Web site for players to watch from anywhere in the world.

For more information and photos from today’s "Fun & Fortune Wheel Spin" and Scratchers game, visit the Missouri Lottery’s Web site at www.molottery.com.

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