"I want to work 10 more years before I draw retirement from Boeing," he said. "I’ll also use some of the money to help my family out, and I might buy an older muscle car. I’ll put the rest into a retirement account."
Koller, who is a sheet metal assembler for F-15 fighter jets, redeemed his free Lotto ticket at the Dew Drop Inn in Bloomsdale. He let the computer pick the winning combination on his free ticket. Those numbers were: 3, 9, 25, 26, 39 and 42.
Koller said he plans to take the cash option, which means he will receive approximately $500,000 in one lump-sum payment, before taxes. The Lottery will withhold 25 percent federal and 4 percent state taxes, and Koller will receive approximately $355,000 after taxes.
In addition to Koller’s win, the Dew Drop Inn will receive a bonus equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - $10,000 – 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.