1999-12-01 11:19:20.803


An O’Fallon couple ushered in Thanksgiving Day with 2.5 million more reasons to be thankful after discovering they held the winning Lotto ticket worth $2.5 million from the Nov. 24 drawing. Landon and Carol Hefner said they told relatives at Thanksgiving dinner about their win. "The hardest part was waiting until the holiday was over to bring the ticket in," Hefner said. Landon, 61, who retired as an aircraft inspector from Boeing in September after nearly 40 years, said his wife now plans to join him in retirement. Carol, 50, is also employed with Boeing as an assembly inspector. The couple also plan to buy a new house and a new truck with the windfall. Landon said he purchased the winning ticket Nov. 22 at Schnucks Market, 102 Old Highway 40 in O’Fallon, when he stopped to pick up a prescription. He let the computer select the winning numbers. They were: 18, 25, 30, 34, 41 and 44. Schnucks Market will receive a bonus check worth $25,000, an amount equal to 1 percent of the jackpot, for selling the winning ticket. To date, 152 winning Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Lottery began in January 1986. Of those, 110 were from the Missouri Lotto game. One Missouri Lotto jackpot worth $1.7 million remains unclaimed. That ticket was sold at Git-N-Go, 2808 S. Campbell in Springfield for the Feb. 20, 1999, drawing. The ticket will expire in less than three months on Feb. 20, 2000.

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