2012-04-09 14:42:02.107

St. Louis Couple Claims First 'St. Louis Cardinals' Top Prize

Story Photo audio icon A couple of lovebirds from St. Louis have located the first $70,000 top prize on the Missouri Lottery “St. Louis Cardinals™” Scratchers game. Kyle Boyd of Brentwood and Heather Franz of St. Charles are engaged to be married later this fall. A shopping trip to Dierbergs, 2021 Zumbehl Road in St. Charles, resulted in the win.
“Every time we go to the grocery store, we get $20 in Scratchers,” began Franz, 22.
“It’s kind of our small little thing,” added Boyd, 24. “Whenever we go to the grocery store and stock up the pantries, we’ll just buy two $5 Scratchers for both of us. If we win our money back, we’re very excited. (We) didn’t expect that one.”
Franz picked the “St. Louis Cardinals™” ticket.
“I love the Cardinals,” she explained. “I was feeling lucky with the Cardinals. I mean, St. Louis Cardinals - hello, World Series Champions.”
They scratched the tickets at home with friends as they prepared dinner on March 31.
“No one was scratching them, and I wanted to scratch mine,” Franz said. “The first one (line) was $1,000, and then the next one was $1,000. I stopped scratching after a while, because I was like, ‘This is insane.’ My finance was saying, ‘Keep scratching! Keep going!’ We were just jumping up and down, screaming. My dog was like, ‘What’s going on guys?’”
Plans for the windfall have already been made.                        
“We really just started planning our wedding a couple of months ago. It’s perfect timing. It’ll be fun; we’ll have a little bit of extra spending money,” said Boyd. “Down-payment on a house, wedding and honeymoon and a little bit extra to save, and I’m a pretty happy camper.”
Boyd said they’ll keep playing on trips to the grocery store.
“I’m not going to go crazy and buy a bunch of tickets. We’ll just stick to what we have been doing – go to the grocery store, maybe grab a couple. It was ironic, because she actually stuck to the two $5 ‘Cardinals’ tickets, and I bought a $10 one,” he recalled. “She ended up winning it all.”
“You can’t win if you don’t play,” he added. “We were no more lucky than anybody else. We were just there at the right time.”
St. Louis Cardinals™” is a $5 game that officially began March 17. The couple won the first of three top prizes to be claimed in the game. In addition to winning cash and prizes instantly, players can enter non-winning “St. Louis Cardinals™” tickets into the “Win with the Cardinals™” second-chance promotion. In three drawings between now and July 17, Missouri Lottery players can enter to win season tickets, trips to road games, a 2013 MLB® All-Star Game® trip package, Cardinals® merchandise prize packs and more.

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