“This will make retirement easier,” Bill Bass said when he claimed his prize on May 9. “Although for now, I’m still having fun at work. I really enjoy where I am working.”
Bass, who is a computer programmer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said he has been planning to retire in 2006. His wife, Janice, just retired in March from her position as an assistant office manager at Rockhurst University, where she had worked for 26 years.
The Basses said they aren’t exactly sure what they will do with their windfall.
“We just bought a new car, so we may pay it off,” Bill Bass said. “Janice wants to go to Hawaii.”
In addition, the couple said they plan to invest some of the money and help their five grown children.
Bass explained that he buys Missouri Lotto tickets when he buys Powerball tickets. The Powerball jackpot for May 3 was up to $77 million, so Bass bought a couple of Powerball tickets, along with $2 worth of Lotto plays. To his surprise, one of his Quick Pick Lotto plays matched all six numbers to win the jackpot. Those numbers were: 6, 9, 15, 16, 20 and 34.
Hy-Vee Food & Drug Store will receive a bonus of $18,000, which is equal to 1 percent of the jackpot, for selling the winning Lotto ticket.
To date, 185 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began 17 years ago. Of those tickets sold, 137 were from the Lotto game.