2017-01-04 09:11:08.387

$50,000 Top Prize Uncovered by Union Resident

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A Union man spelled his way to a $50,000 prize with a Missouri Lottery crossword-themed Scratchers ticket. Joseph “Joe” Smith visited the Missouri Lottery’s Jefferson City Headquarters on Dec. 28 to claim a top prize in the “Bonus Word Crossword” Scratchers ticket. Smith, 57, purchased his ticket from North Side, 820 N. Washington Ave. in Union, and matched his letters to make 11 full words on the ticket to win his prize.

A $3 Scratchers ticket, “Bonus Word Crossword” was introduced on Dec. 2 and has more than $9 million in total prizes remaining. The crossword-inspired ticket features an additional “Bonus Words” play area which instantly awards $10 to players for matching their letters to the bonus words. Instructions on how to play all Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets and Draw Games can be found at


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