2007-01-24 14:12:15.08

Ironton Couple Claim $3.7 Million Lotto Prize Sold In Jackson

Story Photo An Ironton couple who waited nearly a month to claim their $3.7 million jackpot prize from the Dec. 23, 2006, Lotto drawing has finally come forward. Jimmie and Marilyn Lovelace said they have been taking their time, planning how to claim their windfall.
"We put it (ticket) in a safety deposit box, and it has stayed there until we took it out this morning," said Marilyn Lovelace, 64, when they claimed their prize on Jan. 22. "We don’t jump too quickly on anything."
The couple said they have had lots of time to think about claiming the prize and how they plan to use it. The Lovelaces are planning to take the cash value of the jackpot prize, which is approximately $2.3 million before taxes.
"Our son-in-law will probably get deployed to Iraq in the near future, so we plan to take a family vacation," said Marilyn Lovelace. "It’s on us."
Lovelace said she isn’t sure where they will go, since she will let her grown daughter, son-in-law and son decide.
"My ultimate dream is a trip to Alaska," said Marilyn. "That might be next year."
Marilyn Lovelace works as a registered nurse at Parkland Health Center in Farmington, though only for a couple more days.
"I was planning to retire when I reached 65," she said. "Now I can sooner."
The Lovelaces said they will also invest some of the prize money.
Jimmie Lovelace, 66, who retired from the Ford Motor Company’s Hazelwood plant in 1993, purchased the couple’s winning ticket at Jackson BP, 1831 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson. He let the computer select the number combinations on his $2 ticket. The winning combination was: 7, 12, 13, 25, 34 and 37.
Jackson BP will receive a bonus check for $37,000 - an amount equal to 1 percent of the winning jackpot - for selling the winning ticket.
The Lovelaces are the third players to buy a ticket in the Cape Girardeau area worth $1 million or more. On Oct. 17, 1990, Mable Smith of Scott City won a $6.8 million Lotto prize on a ticket she purchased at National Supermarket in Cape Girardeau. On Aug. 6, 2003, John and Bev Gibson of Jackson won a $4.3 million Lotto jackpot with a ticket they purchased at Country Mart, 309 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson. Several other Missouri Lottery jackpots of $1 million or more have also been sold in Farmington, Perryville, Sikeston, Charleston and Poplar Bluff.
To date, 224 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold in the Lottery’s 21 years of sales. Of those tickets sold, 161 were from the Lotto game.

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