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October 1, 2003

BLUE SPRINGS MAN CLAIMS $2.5 MILLION LOTTO PRIZE

Story Photo video icon A refrigeration service technician for Pepsi is doing some serious chillin’ after winning $2.5 million in the Missouri Lottery’s Lotto game on Sept. 27.  John Towell, 49, of Blue Springs said he plans to keep his job, but cut back on some of the hours he currently works.

"I’ll take care of the people who took care of me," he said when he claimed his prize on Monday.  "We plan to pay off the house, pay off bills, buy a new truck and help our sons with their cars."

Towell and his wife, Karianne, are the parents of three boys.  Karianne, who worked with deaf children enrolled with the Blue Springs School District for several years, is now attending school herself to become certified as a sign language interpreter.  She also works as a nanny.

Towell purchased his winning ticket Saturday afternoon, when he stopped at Price Chopper, 5800 Wilson Road in Kansas City.  He said he was on his way from the Pepsi plant in Olathe, Kan., to the Royals’ baseball game, where he was scheduled to work.  Towell bought $1 worth of Lotto plays, and he let the computer select the six winning numbers.  They were:  19, 21, 27, 32, 37 and 40.

Towell said he plans to take the cash option, which means he will receive approximately $1.5 million in one lump-sum payment, before taxes.  The Lottery will withhold 25 percent federal and 4 percent state taxes, and Towell will receive approximately $1,088,979.54 after taxes.

In addition to Towell’s win, Price Chopper will receive a bonus equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - $25,000 – for selling the winning Lotto ticket.

To date, 189 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began 17 years ago.  Of those tickets sold, 140 were from the Lotto game.

The Kansas City area has also seen its share of luck during the past two years; seven of the last 10 Lotto jackpots have been sold in the Kansas City area.

 







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