Ernest Pullen becomes "instant millionaire" once again

4:39 PM, Sep 27, 2010   |    comments
Ernest Pullen said his wife will win the next big prize in the family.
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Bonne Terre, MO (KSDK) -- Who said lightning doesn't strike twice? That person never met 57-year-old Ernest Pullen, who became the first Missouri Lottery player in history to win $1 million or more on a Scratchers ticket more than once.

Pullen won his first million-dollar prize on a "100 Million Dollar Blockbuster" Scratchers ticket in June. He purchased the $2 million winning "Mega MONOPOLY" Scratchers ticket on September 17.

Pullen, who moved from Pevely to Bonne Terre after his first lottery win, said he dreamed of winning yet again.

"All the numbers I dreamed about, and all my lucky numbers, were on the card," he said, referring to his Mega MONOPOLY winning ticket.

Pullen and his wife have opted to take the cash payment for both wins. He will receive a $1.3 million payment before taxes for the latest win. But Pullen does not think he'll win a third time.

"My wife said she's winning the next time," he said.

Players can track the prizes remaining on all scratch games for the Missouri Lottery at


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