2003-08-11 13:46:01.0


Story Photo video icon A Jackson couple no longer has a need to watch mortgage interest rates and refinancing news after finding out they won the $4.3 million Lotto jackpot from the Aug. 6 drawing.  John and Beverly "Bev" Gibson said they plan to use their prize money to pay off their home loan and their two grown children’s home loans with the prize money.  The jackpot for Aug. 6, which was originally estimated at $3.9 million, actually came in at $4.3 million, due to rising interest rates.

John Gibson, 59, said the best part about winning is being able to "get debt free; not just me, but our kids, too."

John Gibson purchased $3 worth of Lotto plays on the morning of Aug. 6 at Country Mart, 309 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson.  He let the computer pick the lucky combination.  Those numbers were:  1, 5, 12, 25, 26 and 44.

John Gibson, who retired in January 2000 as the postmaster for Poplar Bluff, said he never thought he would win such a prize.  Bev Gibson, 58, is a part-time nurse at Cape Girardeau Central High School.

In addition to the Gibson’s win, Country Mart will receive a bonus equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - $43,000 – for selling the winning Lotto ticket.

To date, 188 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began 17 years ago.  Of those tickets sold, 139 were from the Lotto game.

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