2004-07-26 12:57:54.0

Boeing Employee Wins $1 Million On Free Ticket

Story Photo A Boeing Aircraft employee is elated about winning a free Lotto ticket after it turned out to be worth $1 million. Paul Koller, 42, of Ste. Genevieve said he plays the Lotto game a couple times a month, and since the jackpot was estimated at $11.5 million for the July 14 drawing, he bought some tickets. One of those tickets turned out to be worth a free ticket, and that free ticket – for the July 17 Lotto drawing – ended up being worth $1 million.

"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.

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