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Missouri man hits lotto jackpot twice

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | 12:38 p.m. CDT; updated 12:51 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ST. LOUIS — The odds against winning $1 million in the Lottery: Astronomical. How about doing it twice?

It happened to a man from Bonne Terre. Ernest Pullen, 57, won $1 million with a "100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" Scratchers ticket in June. And this month, he won $2 million with a "Mega MONOPOLY" Scratchers ticket.

Pullen says he considers himself to be a "lucky guy."

Pullen bought the most recent winning ticket Sept. 17 at Miller's Quick Shop in Bonne Terre, about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis. He opted to take the cash payment instead of the annuity for both wins. He got $700,000 for the first win and about $1.3 million for the second — before taxes.

He plans to use the money to fix up his new house.


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