WINNING LOTTO TICKET FOUND IN SUMMER CLOTHING
More than nine months after the drawing, a Kansas City woman has come forward to claim the $650,000 cash jackpot from the Aug. 1, 1998, Missouri Lotto drawing. Gwendolyn "Gwen" Rackley, 52, said she found the ticket in the pocket of a pair of white summer pants she had stored in the attic last fall.
Rackley said she’d heard about the missing ticket and since she buys tickets at the winning location, she had looked around her house during the past few months for any misplaced tickets. When she unpacked her summer clothes a few days ago, she decided to check the pockets.
Rackley, who is a retired TWA flight attendant, said she plans to use the money to send her 17-year-old daughter to college in a couple of years.
"Now she can go wherever she wants," Rackley told lottery officials when she claimed her prize on Tuesday.
Along with college, Rackley said she plans to put the money in the bank for a month until she decides how she will use it.
Rackley purchased her winning ticket at Super Thriftway, 1616 E. 63rd in Kansas City. She let the computer select her winning combination. The winning numbers were: 4, 9, 25, 29, 37 and 44.
Rackley took the longest of any jackpot prize claimant in Missouri, letting nine months and 11 days lapse before claiming. Her prize would have expired on Aug. 1.
Prior to her claim, the longest anyone waited to claim a Missouri Lottery jackpot prize was a corporation in Clayton, which took five months and five days to claim a multi-state lottery prize.
The jackpot for the Aug. 1, 1998, drawing, was estimated at $1.3 million. Rackley selected to receive the cash value of the jackpot prize - the money available to pay the jackpot prize - in one lump-sum payment of $650,000 before taxes.
In August, Super Thriftway received a bonus check of $13,000 - an amount equal to 1 percent of the estimated jackpot - for selling the winning ticket.
To date, 148 winning Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more, including 106 Missouri Lotto jackpot tickets, have been sold since the Lottery began in January 1986.
One Missouri Lotto jackpot prize remains unclaimed. That jackpot, worth $1.7 million, was sold at Git-N-Go in Springfield for the Feb. 20 drawing. That ticket will expire exactly one year from the drawing date.