2007-04-26 14:55:47.653

Joplin Cabinet Maker Claims Lotto Ticket Worth $7.6 Million

Story Photo A Joplin cabinet maker hung up her sander after she discovered she held the Missouri Lotto ticket worth $7.6 million from the April 21 drawing. Matilda "Theresa" Taylor, 56, said her first decision after winning the jackpot was to quit her job as a laborer at Dean’s Custom Cabinets in Joplin.
"I still don’t believe it, really," said Taylor.
Taylor said she asked her husband, Jim, to purchase the winning ticket for her at Sue’s C-Store, 26206 Fir Road in Joplin, on April 21. He bought $2 worth and let the computer pick the combinations. The winning combination was 6, 12, 18, 29, 37 and 44.
Later that night, Jim Taylor checked the numbers on Theresa’s ticket with those drawn and posted on the Lottery’s Web site.
"He didn’t want to say anything to me until he could verify them at the store," said Theresa Taylor.
After checking the ticket at a retail location on Sunday morning, Jim Taylor told Theresa, "You aren’t going to believe this."
"I just started bawling," said Theresa Taylor, about when she learned of the win.
Taylor, who said she only buys Lotto tickets "once in a while," said she doesn’t plan to make any major changes in light of her win.
"I’m not an extravagant person, and I plan to stay that way," she said. "We really haven’t decided on anything."
Taylor said she has entertained the idea of buying a new house, a new car, taking a trip to Florida to visit Jim’s mother and sharing some money with their five grown children.
"What mother or father wouldn’t?" she asked.
The $7.6 million jackpot is tied for the 10th highest Lotto jackpot ever awarded. On Aug. 27, 1994, a Kansas City couple claimed a Lotto prize worth $7.6 million.
In addition to Taylor’s win, Sue’s C-Store will receive a check equal to 1 percent of the winning jackpot, which in this case is $76,000. Taylor’s ticket is the 162nd winning Missouri Lotto jackpot ticket sold and the 227th jackpot ticket worth $1 million or more overall since the Lottery began in 1986.

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