March 5, 1999
RETIRED ST. LOUIS COUPLE HIT THE JACKPOT
A retired couple from St. Louis are the newest residents of Luckytown after their six Lotto numbers matched all those drawn in the Feb. 27 Missouri Lotto drawing. Herbert "Herb" Jr. and Renella Allen, both 65, are now $1.1 million richer.
"I guess we’ll spend it," said Herb Allen, when he claimed his prize at the St. Louis lottery office. "I may buy a new truck or a van, since my car has 156,000 miles on it."
Allen purchased his lucky ticket at Schnucks Market, 1589 Sierra Vista in St. Louis. He used a combination of family birthdays and the number of members in his family on his winning ticket. Those numbers were: 2, 5, 8, 17, 21 and 29.
The Allens will receive their prize winnings in 25 annual payments of $44,000 before taxes.
Both of the Allens are retired employees of the federal government. They are the parents of three grown
In addition to the Allens’ payment, Schnucks Market will receive a bonus check equal to 1 percent of the jackpot prize - in this case, approximately $11,000 - for selling the winning ticket.
To date, 146 winning Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the lottery began in January 1986. The Allens’ prize is the 105th Lotto jackpot ticket sold since the game began in October 1986. They hold the third Missouri Lottery ticket sold worth more than $1 million in less than two weeks.
Two other Lotto jackpots in the state remain unclaimed. One, worth $1.7 million, was sold at Git-N-Go in Springfield for the Feb. 20 drawing, and another, worth $1.3 million ($650,000 cash), was sold at Super Thriftway in Kansas City for the Aug. 1, 1998, drawing. Both tickets will expire exactly one year from the drawing date.
(Television Note: A satellite feed of the conference will be broadcast at 6:45 p.m. CT Friday night, March 5, immediately before the lottery’s drawing show. For more information, contact John Wells at 573-751-2721.)