2001-06-20 13:34:59.0


Story Photo video icon A Kansas City man’s Father’s Day was one to remember after he discovered he was the winner of a Missouri Lottery Powerball jackpot worth $19.6 million. Rich Kasyjanski, 27, said he and his wife, Shannon, were already celebrating his first Father’s Day with the baptism of their twin 11-week-old sons when he found out they won. "My brothers had come into town for my sons’ baptism, and I had just dropped them off at the airport when I stopped at a QuikTrip to check my ticket," Kasyjanski said. "We still can’t believe it. It doesn’t seem real at all." Kasyjanski, a bartender at McCoy’s Public House in the Westport area of Kansas City, resigned from his job Sunday, and then the couple celebrated with family and friends. Kasyjanski said he stopped at Marsh’s Sun Fresh, 4001 Mill St. in Kansas City, Saturday to purchase supplies for his sons’ baptism party and decided to buy a few Powerball tickets on his way out. He let the computer pick the numbers on his $3 ticket. The winning numbers were: 2, 13, 17, 44, 45 and the Powerball was 14. Kasyjanski, a native of Long Island, N.Y., said he and Shannon have already started shopping for a bigger car - they currently drive a Volkswagon. He also said they may buy a new house, a new couch and do some "heavy-duty" traveling. He also wants to share some of his winnings with his parents. The Kasyjanskis are still deciding if they would like to receive their prize money in one lump sum payment of $10,730,854.57 before taxes, or whether they would like to receive approximately $784,000 a year before taxes for the next 25 years. They have 60 days from the drawing, which was June 16, to decide. In addition to the Kasyjanskis’ win, Marsh’s Sun Fresh will receive a check for $50,000 for selling the winning Powerball jackpot ticket. This is the second Powerball jackpot in a little more than two weeks that was won in Missouri. Bob and Linda Burns of Centerview won the last Powerball jackpot on May 30. Their prize was worth $61.9 million. To date, 167 winning Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Lottery began in January 1986. Missouri has sold the second-most winning Powerball jackpot tickets - a total of 20 - of all the 21 members. (Television Note: B-roll and sound bites of the conference will be broadcast at 6:45 p.m. CT Wednesday, June 20. For more information, contact Frank Finley, John Kennedy or John Wells at 573-751-2721.)

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