July 20, 2004
Construction Winner From Wentzville Wins $11.6 Million
A construction worker from Wentzville built up his net worth substantially after his Missouri Lotto ticket for the July 14 drawing matched all six numbers drawn to win the $11.6 million Lotto jackpot. David "Dave" Spitznagel, 49, said he is still in shock after finding out he held the winning ticket for one of the fourth-highest jackpots in the Lotto game’s history.
Spitznagel said he bought six tickets for that particular drawing, though not all at the same time. He purchased the winning ticket at Shop N Save, 24 O’Fallon Square in O’Fallon. He let the computer randomly generate the six winning numbers. They were: 17, 21, 31, 34, 41 and 43.
"I was in there (Shop N Save), and I had an extra dollar when I bought that one (winning ticket)," he said.
Spitznagel, who is a boilermaker, didn’t check his Lotto tickets until July 15 around 7 p.m., when he stopped back in Shop N Save.
"The lady said the ticket was sold there," Spitznagel recalled. "The second ticket I checked was it (winner)."
Spitznagel said he is still not sure what he will do with his windfall, but he said he needs a new house. He may also help his family.
In addition to Spitznagel’s win, Shop N Save will receive a bonus equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - $116,000 ? for selling the winning Lotto ticket.
To date, 194 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began 18 years ago. Of those tickets sold, 145 were from the Lotto game.