September 17, 2001
ARKANSAS MAN CLAIMS $1.7 MILLION LOTTO PRIZE
An auto body repairman from Siloam Springs, Ark., is shining after discovering his Missouri Lotto ticket from the Sept. 8 drawing is worth $1.7 million. Gerry Shelton, 49, said he is working on a "game plan" to decide what to do with the money. Shelton plans to take his prize in one payment of approximately $850,000 before taxes.
"We’re going to take my grandson to (Walt) Disney World next summer," Shelton told Missouri Lottery officials.
He plans to buy a house, since he currently rents, and he also would like to buy a new car or truck. Shelton, who works for Jones Motor Cars in Fayetteville, Ark., said he plans to keep working for the time being.
Shelton purchased his winning ticket at Corner Rock Tobacco Store in Southwest City, the day before his birthday. He said he has been buying two Missouri Lotto plays for each drawing for the past year. Shelton let the computer generate his winning combination. Those numbers were: 20, 27, 31, 35, 39 and 44.
Corner Rock will receive a check for $17,000 - an amount equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - for selling the winning Lotto ticket.
To date, 171 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began nearly 15 years ago. Of those tickets, 124 were Lotto tickets.