2005-04-26 16:09:49.0

St. Louis Couple Claim $1.3 Million Lotto Prize

Story Photo A St. Louis woman said she and her husband were thrilled when they thought they won $130,000, but when they went to claim their prize at the St. Louis Lottery office on April 20, they found it was worth much more. Pamela ?Pam? Baur said she and her husband, John, were in shock when they learned they had won the $1.3 million Lotto prize from the April 9 drawing. ?When I saw the $1.3 million on the (Numbers Games terminal), I told John, ?we missed a zero,?? Baur said. ?He looked at the machine and then at me and just grinned.? Baur said she then called her children, who didn?t believe her at first. ?I?m good for a practical joke once in a while, so I had to convince them,? she added. Baur bought her winning ticket at QuikTrip, 8205 Gravois Road in St. Louis. She used Quick Pick to select her winning numbers. They were: 13, 14, 15, 17, 39 and 42. Baur?s ticket was the third winning jackpot ticket that location has sold. Dan and Elizabeth Greenwood purchased their winning $4.4 million Lotto ticket for the June 10, 1995, drawing at that location, and George and Mary Hendel purchased their $1.6 million Lotto ticket for the Dec. 11, 1996, also at that store. Baur said she normally buys $2 worth of Lotto tickets and $2 worth of Powerball tickets every week. On April 20, she said she realized she hadn?t checked her tickets in a while. ?I didn?t have (the tickets) checked where I bought them, so when the clerk told me I won $130,000, I was just thrilled,? she said. ?QuikTrip would?ve been looking for my ticket, so I?m sure they would?ve recognized it as the winner.? Baur, who retired from Southwestern Bell, said they are still in shock by the win and aren?t sure how they plan to use their winnings. John Baur is a retired chef. In addition to the Baurs? win, QuikTrip will receive a bonus equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - $13,000 ? for selling the winning Lotto ticket. To date, 202 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold in the Lottery’s 19 years of sales. Of those tickets sold, 153 were from the Lotto game.

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