Missouri “Taxes Paid” Game Winners Claim $500,000 Prize


Michele Svoboda and her fiancee, Scott Pelton, have the clerk at a local convenience store to thank for a $500,000 win “ with taxes paid “ on a Missouri Lottery Scratchers ticket.

The couple won the first of four $500,000 taxes-paid prizes on the Lottery’s $3 Million Taxes Paid game.

Svoboda, 46, had gone into a store in St. Peters, Missouri, to redeem a winning  “St. Louis Blues” instant game, when she decided to try her luck on another game.

At such moments… good things sometimes happen.

The clerk had told me they had a couple of people who won $1,000 on it, she shared, when asked what drew her to the $3,000,000 Taxes Paid game.

She scratched the ticket in her car on the way to work, unaware of what was about to unfold.

I thought it was a $500 prize at first, and I was excited with that, she said. I kept scratching, and I guess the last exciting thing was that it’s taxes paid!

Svoboda drove on to work and everyone at the office was freaking out as she tried to reach her fiancé by phone to share the good news.

Together for seven years, she said it took Pelton looking at the ticket to actually believe it.

He did drive as fast as he could to come pick me up, though, she added with a laugh.

Among the ideas considered for dipping into their prize money, Svoboda noted a trip, buying a house or a condo and helping the four kids the couple has between them.

$3,000,000 Taxes Paid” is a $20 game that offers a top prize of $3 million and a second prize of $500,000 “ taxes paid.


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