Edwin Bess of St. Louis has an annual tradition with his family of exchanging Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets for Christmas. It’s a tradition he fully supports after winning $20,000 on a “Holiday Diamonds” ticket gifted to him by his sister-in-law on Christmas Eve.
“We just switched Lottery tickets with each other,” he said, noting that another family member won $100 on the same game.
Bess, who works as an awning installer, plans to put most of his winnings into savings. But first, he’s looking forward to “buying me some living room furniture.”
Bess’ winning “Holiday Diamonds” ticket was purchased in Festus at On the Run, 620 Truman Road. The $10 game, which went on sale Oct. 17, still has more than $3.7 million in prizes, including a top prize of $250,000. Players can track remaining prizes for all Missouri Lottery Scratchers games here.