2018-03-09 08:45:36.297

First $100,000 Top Prize Won on 'Marilyn Monroe' Ticket

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A glamorous movie star might have been holding a puppy on the front of a Missouri Lottery ticket, but it was a Byrnes Mill man who ended up holding something worth a whole lot more – a $100,000 top prize on a “Marilyn Monroe™” Scratchers game. Jeffrey Ervin purchased the winning ticket at Dirt Cheap, 119C Gravois Road in Fenton, on his way home from work on March 2.

“I told my wife… she kept telling me to quit buying there, that I was never going to win there.” Ervin said. “I said, ‘One of these days… and, sure enough, three days later…”

He noted that he regularly buys one $5 Scratchers ticket each week, choosing the “Marilyn Monroe™” ticket this time because the game was brand new.

As he scratched the ticket in the parking lot, he was shocked when the game began to reveal a series of five $20,000 prizes.

“I saw the first $20,000, and I started freaking out,” Ervin laughed. “Then, by the time I got to the third one, I knew I had won the big one!”

Making a quick trip back into the store to thank the clerk who sold him the winning ticket, Ervin said the other customers were happy for his win, too.

“They were all excited for me. They said, ‘Let me see it,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, just don’t get too close!” he teased.

Ervin and his wife, Cindy, redeemed the winning ticket later that same day at the Lottery’s St. Louis office. They plan to catch up on bills with their newfound winnings.

“We need a new roof, we need new tires, we need ‘this and that,’ he explained. “So it’ll get used for that.”

Marilyn Monroe™” is a $5 ticket that officially went on sale Feb. 26. Another $100,000 top prize, as well as two $20,000 prizes, remain available in the game.

In the most recent fiscal year, players in Jefferson County won more than $27.7 million in Missouri Lottery prizes. Retailers received more than $2.9 million in commissions and bonuses, and an additional $15.7 million went to education programs in the county.


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