2006-04-20 14:26:37.213

Two Co-Workers At Jefferson City Newspaper Claim $2.6 Million Lotto Jackpot

Story Photo video icon Instead of hustling to get the news out, two longtime employees at the Jefferson City News Tribune are "in" the news after their shared Missouri Lotto ticket matched all six numbers drawn last night to win the $2.6 million jackpot. Don Kolb, 69, Eldon, and Monica Rackers, 45, Jefferson City, came forward this morning to claim the April 19 jackpot prize. "We started out (playing the Lotto together) when it got real big one time," said Kolb, who is the building and properties manager for the News Tribune. "We had like 10 or 12 people at the Tribune in on it, then it went down to four; two of those quit - retired or left the Tribune. And then we just kept playing." Kolb purchased the winning ticket April 19 when he stopped at Stadium BP, 807 Stadium Blvd. in Jefferson City, after a doctor’s appointment. He said he and Rackers put in $10 a week; $10 for Wednesday night draws and $10 for Saturday night draws. He purchased $5 in Powerball plays and $5 in Lotto plays for the April 19 draw, and he let the computer pick the numbers. The winning Lotto numbers were: 3, 5, 10, 15, 25 and 44. "I started buying the tickets, and then we hit a jackpot for $100,000, and I told him it was time he started buying them, because my luck might have run out," said Rackers, who is a creative artist for the News Tribune. "So he started buying them." Ten years ago on March 2, 1996, Kolb and Rackers, along with two other News Tribune employees, matched five white-ball numbers in Powerball to win $100,000. Kolb discovered their latest win shortly after the drawing on April 19, but he waited until the next morning to tell Rackers, so she could get a good night’s sleep. Since he was off work due to an injury, Kolb called Rackers around 8 a.m. to tell her the good news. "I just told them I wasn’t going to be worth two cents today," Rackers recounted telling her co-workers. Since the win is so new, the co-workers aren’t exactly sure what they will do with their prize money. "It’ll come in very handy," Kolb said. He said he and his wife have medical bills the money will help pay. "I’m not retiring," said Rackers. "We’ve been thinking about building a log home on some land we have. So now we’ll be able to do it." Kolb and his wife, Deanna, are the parents of five grown children. He has worked for the Jefferson City News Tribune for almost 40 years. Rackers and her husband, Randy, are the parents of a 13-year-old daughter. Rackers has worked at the newspaper for the past 26 years. In addition to Kolb and Racker’s jackpot prize, Stadium BP will receive a bonus equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - $26,000 - for selling the winning Lotto ticket. To date, 212 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold in the Lottery’s 20 years of sales. Of those tickets sold, 158 were from the Lotto game.

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