2007-05-24 14:52:25.887

Springfield Family Claims $1.5 Million Lotto Ticket

Story Photo video icon A 66-year-old Springfield woman is happy she double-checked her $1 Missouri Lotto ticket that she bought for the May 12 drawing. Cathy Burkett wrote down the Lotto numbers that same night that she saw on KOLR-TV. She went to bed thinking that she matched five of the six winning numbers for a payout of $908. However, when she rechecked the numbers the next morning with the numbers in the Springfield News Leader, she realized that she wrote one of the numbers - a 13 instead of a 3 - incorrectly the night before, which meant she had really matched all six numbers to win the $1.5 million jackpot.
Cathy Burkett and her husband, Ronald, 74, called their only son, Kevin, 36, who lives in Seattle, Wash., at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning to tell him the good news.
"My dad said, ’Well, I finally did it,’" said Kevin Burkett, who is a software developer for Core Connex in Seattle, Wash. "And I said, ’What?’ Then he said, ’I finally won the Lottery.’"
Cathy and Ron Burkett plan to take the cash value of the jackpot prize, which is $750,000, and share their prize money with their only child, Kevin. Cathy and Ron Burkett will receive $300,000 each, before taxes, and Kevin will receive $150,000, before taxes.
"I was excited," Kevin Burkett said, retelling when he found out about his parents’ win. "The best part about it is telling your friends, because they don’t believe you."
Besides sharing with their son, Cathy and Ron Burkett plan to invest most of their prize money "wisely." They also plan to make some home improvements, such as a new heating and air-conditioning system and a new refrigerator.
"That’s the reason they plan to invest," said Kevin Burkett. "It can provide security for the rest of their lives - that’s the hope."
As for Kevin, he also plans to invest his portion of the prize and use it in the next couple of years as a down payment on a house.
Ronald Burkett retired approximately 12 years ago from Stone Container in Springfield, where he was a supervisor. Cathy Burkett retired from the Burlington Northern Railroad office in Springfield approximately 7 years ago, where she had been a receptionist.
Cathy Burkett purchased the winning ticket on May 12 at Signal Food Store, 2415 S. Campbell in Springfield. She let the computer select her only combination for the drawing. The winning numbers were: 2, 3, 18, 19, 29 and 35.
In addition to the Burketts, Signal Food Store will receive a check equal to 1 percent of the winning jackpot, which in this case is $15,000.
The Burketts’ ticket is the 163rd winning Missouri Lotto jackpot ticket sold and the 228th jackpot ticket worth $1 million or more overall since the Lottery began in 1986.

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