September 28, 2007
Nevada Couple Win Share of $1.4 Million Lotto Jackpot
A Nevada couple plan to begin looking for a bigger home in the country after they won $700,000 on Sept. 19 playing the Missouri Lottery’s Lotto game. On the day following the drawing, Harry and Jean Gicante stopped at Tim’s Convenience Store, 320 N. Osage in Nevada, where they had purchased the ticket, to check the winning numbers.
Harry Gicante, 64, said he scanned his Lotto ticket in the Check-A-Ticket device at the store.
"It said I won $700,000," Harry Gicante said. "I just looked dumbfounded and said, ’What?’ I was trying to tell my wife that we won $700,000, when a woman who works there said, ’Is there something wrong with the machine?’ She came over and when she saw it, she just hollered it out. She couldn’t believe it either. It was something."
The Gicantes’ ticket was one of two tickets that matched all six Lotto numbers drawn on Sept. 19. The jackpot was worth $1.4 million, so each of the two winning tickets is worth $700,000. The other winning ticket was purchased at QuikTrip, 7200 N.E. Parvin Road in Kansas City. An Overland Park, Kan., man has claimed that half of the prize.
Harry Gicante, who is retired, said the couple hosted a family party on Sept. 20 to celebrate their win. The couple have five children and several grandchildren.
"They’re really tickled for us," Harry Gicante said about his family.
Harry Gicante let the computer Quick Pick his winning numbers. They were: 1, 15, 16, 29, 34 and 42.
Harry Gicante said they plan to take the cash value of the $700,000 prize, which is $350,000 before taxes.
"I’ve never won anything before, but there’s always been that hope," Harry Gicante said. "Somebody has to win."
In addition to the Gicantes’ win, Tim’s Convenience Store will receive a check equal to 1 percent of the winning jackpot ticket sold at the store, which in this case is $7,000.
There have been 168 winning Missouri Lotto
jackpot tickets sold and 235 tickets worth $1 million or more overall since the Lottery began in 1986.