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May 29, 2003

BLUE SPRINGS SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYEES SHARE $1.5 MILLION LOTTO PRIZE

Story Photo video icon School’s not out yet in Blue Springs, but 24 district employees are already celebrating after their group’s Missouri Lotto ticket matched all six numbers drawn on May 24 to win the $1.5 million jackpot.   The 24 members – who hold positions such as bus drivers, aides, dispatchers and office personnel - all work for the Blue Springs RIV Transportation Department.  The group chose to take their winnings in one cash sum amount of $750,000, which works out to be approximately $31,250 before taxes for each of the 24 members.

The winners are:   Phyllis Baxter, 63, Suzanne Becker, 56, Theresa Braley, 47, Mignon Hollis, 65, Harold Jordan, 74, Jessie Journagan, 72, Rae Meuninck, 48, Dena Montes, 56, Donald Phillips, 68, Nancy Ryland, 60, Elizabeth Sloan, 62, and Alfred Stansfield, 59, all of Blue Springs; James Hegarty, 72, Joyce Hegarty, 69, Marci Martin, 52, Kenneth Steuer, 76, Betty Travis, 61, Tammy Walker, 40, and Peggy Wilson, 54, all of Independence; Patricia Matticks, 59, and Gloria Simpson, 58, both of Grain Valley; Joanne Davis, 60, of Bates City; Connie Leven, 54, of Lake Lotawana; and Britta Willingham, 56, of Pea Ridge, Ark.

Jessie Journagan purchased the group’s tickets at QuikTrip, 1500 S. 7 Highway in Blue Springs.   She let the computer pick the winning numbers.  They were:  12, 13, 18, 22, 31 and 37.

The employees have been pooling their money for Missouri Lottery tickets for the past three years. Each member contributes $2 for each Wednesday and Saturday drawing.   One dollar goes to buy Powerball plays, and $1 goes to purchase Lotto plays.

“We just do it because it is fun,” said Joanne Davis, who is a dispatcher.

Davis plans to use her winnings to take a couple co-workers, who weren’t in on the pool, to dinner.   Davis said approximately 165 people work for the transportation department.

Jessie Journagan said she is thinking about taking a trip with some of her prize money.

“I have always wanted to see Hawaii,” she said.

The group’s ticket is the fourth Lotto jackpot ticket worth $1.5 million or more sold at a QuikTrip in the past eight months; three of the four were sold in the Kansas City area.   On Oct. 9, 2002, Deanna Kohlbrecher of Smithville won a $3.1 million Lotto prize with a ticket she purchased at QuikTrip, 2121 Burlington in N. Kansas City.  On Nov. 30, 2002, Lisa Hamilton of Independence won a $2.4 million Lotto prize with a ticket she purchased at QuikTrip, 11201 E. Truman Road in Independence.

To date, 186 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began 17 years ago.  Of those tickets sold, 138 were from the Lotto game.







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