2004-09-20 12:03:29.0

$3.1 Million Lotto Ticket Sold in Ava

Story Photo If you buy Missouri Lotto tickets at Ava’s Mini Mart, 710 N. Jefferson in Ava, you’d better check them. One ticket sold there for the Sept. 18 Lotto drawing matched all six numbers drawn to win the $3.1 million jackpot. The winning numbers are: 5, 14, 16, 18, 30 and 44. "If you find you have the winning Lotto ticket, be sure to sign the back of it and put it in a safe place until you can get to a Missouri Lottery office, which in this case will probably be our Springfield office," said Gary Gonder, director of communications for the Missouri Lottery. Missouri Lotto players have exactly 180 days from the drawing date to claim jackpot prizes, which means this winner would have until March 17, 2005 ? next St. Patrick’s Day ? to claim the prize. The winner has 60 days from the drawing to choose if he or she would like to take the jackpot in one lump sum, which in this case would be approximately $1.9 before taxes, or in 25 annual payments of approximately $124,000 a year before taxes. If no choice is made in 60 days, the jackpot is automatically paid out in 25 annual payments. In addition to the player’s prize, Ava’s Mini Mart will receive an amount equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - in this case approximately $31,000 - for selling the winning ticket. To date, 146 Lotto tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the game began 18 years ago.

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