Attend any Major League Baseball contest and you could walk away with a game ball or an autograph.
Marcia Bartholomew of Parsons, Kan., won that top prize on a scratch-off "Red Hot and Wild 7s" ticket at Kauffman Stadium, while attending a June 23 tilt between the Royals and Cardinals. She purchased the ticket at one of the ballpark's lottery ticket vending machines.
"We couldn't believe it," Bartholomew said. "I kept that ticket in my purse and kept my purse with me at all times. We didn't tell nobody."
Bartholomew, 50, already had ideas in mind for when she claimed her earnings at the lottery's Springfield, Mo., regional office.
"I need some work done on my truck, and my boyfriend has a house that needs some work," Bartholomew said. "Then I'll probably put some in the bank to get some interest off it."
Missouri Lottery instant ticket vending machines can be found at other sporting venues in the state, including Busch Stadium in St. Louis. "Red Hot and Wild 7s" is a $5 game that started last September.
"We were so glad to get these machines in the stadium, so fans could enjoy their favorite Lottery Scratchers game, while enjoying the ballpark," said May Scheve Reardon, executive director for the Missouri Lottery. "It made my day to learn that someone won a top prize there."