2003-04-07 09:17:32.0


Story Photo video icon An Air Force and Army veteran is flying high after winning the $1.4 million Missouri Lotto jackpot on April 2.  Kenneth Beers, 69, of Excelsior Springs said he and his wife, Donna, plan to use the prize money to “get the house painted” and share some with their seven grown children.

Beers, who is also a retired Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, said the winning ticket was the result of a free ticket he had won by matching three numbers in a previous Missouri Lotto drawing.   Donna Beers redeemed the couple’s free ticket prize on March 30 at the Clay Ray Veterans Association, 200 Concourse in Excelsior Springs.  She let the computer select numbers on the free ticket.  The winning combination was 9, 10, 14, 22, 29 and 31.

“My wife called the kids last night and some of them are already making plans” Beers told Lottery officials on Thursday, when he redeemed his jackpot prize.   Along with seven children, the Beers have 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The Clay Ray Veterans Association will receive a bonus of $14,000, which is equal to 1 percent of the jackpot, for selling the winning Lotto ticket.   The Association started selling Numbers Games, including Missouri Lotto, in May 2002, as a result of being licensed to sell the Club Keno game.  Prior to May 2002, the organization only sold Missouri Pull-Tab tickets.

“We knew if didn’t work out for us (selling Club Keno), we could always quit,” said Paul Filley, treasurer for the veterans’ association.   “We’re doing fine with the Keno.” 

To date, 184 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began 17 years ago.   Of those tickets sold, 136 were from the Lotto game.

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