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story.lead_photo.caption Democrat photo/Austin HornbostelRepresentatives with the Missouri Lottery present the Gerhart family with a framed certificate and gift box in honor of their induction to the Million Dollar Club.

Mr. G's Liquor celebrated earning an exclusive distinction Friday, as representatives with the Missouri Lottery were on hand to recognize the store's status as a member of the Million Dollar Club.

This is the first year Mr. G's has received this honor, as one of only 148 Missouri Lottery retailers state-wide to sell $1 million or more in Missouri Lottery products during 2020.

During the past year, lottery sales at Mr. G's have generated more than $305,000 for public education programs in Missouri, which include the A+ Scholarship program, virtual schools, special education excess costs, the construction of college and university buildings, library acquisitions, and educational scholarships.

Since 1986, the Missouri Lottery has contributed more than $7 billion to the state and to public education.

In a press release, the Missouri Lottery commended Mr. G's for its achievement, citing a number of reasons for the store's success.

"One of them being their amazing staff that provides tremendous customer service," the statement reads. "They take the time to develop relationships with their (lottery) players, many who are regular players."

At Friday's event, Mr. G's owner Norris Gerhart and family were presented with a framed certificate and a gift box of items for Mr. G's staff to commemorate the achievement.

Missouri Lottery representatives present Friday noted that Mr. G's was on track to join the Million Dollar Club yet again for 2021, so another celebration may well be on the horizon for next year.

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