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January 7, 2004

Kansas Couple Claims $1.5 Million Missouri Lotto Prize

Story Photo A Goddard, Kan., couple will always remember New Year?s Day of 2004. That?s the day they found out they were the winners of $1.5 million in the Missouri Lottery’s Lotto drawing on Dec. 31. Linda Mikesell, 52, and her husband, Marty, 54, said they plan to soon be debt free after their ticket matched all six numbers drawn New Year?s Eve. ?I called our banker at his home yesterday,? Mikesell said. ?I apologized for calling him at home on New Year?s Day, but after I told him that we had won $1.5 million, he said ?I love you.?? Linda Mikesell works at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., and Marty Mikesell is employed at Case New Holland also in Wichita. The couple owns a vacation home next to Beaver Lake in northwest Arkansas. Mikesell said they had traveled the 10 miles or so to Seligman from their lake home to buy a part for Marty?s truck. On their way home, Mikesell said she asked to stop by Ruby?s General Store, 985 S. Highway 37 in Seligman, to buy lottery tickets. She let the computer select the winning numbers on her $5 ticket. They were: 4, 13, 19, 29, 40 and 43. Mikesell said on New Year?s Day, she asked Marty to go to their neighbor?s house to get the winning Lotto numbers from the Internet. When he returned, she sat down at the kitchen table to check her tickets. ?I was about to hyperventilate,? Mikesell said. ?I could only get out ?I won. I won.? Marty eventually figured out what I was talking about. After I got done hyperventilating, we went over and told our neighbors.? Mikesell said they plan to take the cash option, which means they will receive approximately $750,000 in one lump-sum payment, before taxes. The Lottery will withhold 25 percent federal and 4 percent state taxes, and Mikesell will receive approximately $532,500 after taxes. ?It will be a nice cushion for retirement,? Mikesell said about the win. ?We won?t have to squeeze by on Social Security.? In addition to Mikesell’s win, Ruby?s General Store will receive a bonus equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - $15,000 ? for selling the winning Lotto ticket. To date, 191 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began 17 years ago. Of those tickets sold, 142 were from the Lotto game.





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