September 28, 2007
Overland Park, Kan., Man Wins Share of $1.4 Million Lotto Jackpot
A stop for coffee at QuikTrip, 7200 N.E. Parvin Road in Kansas City, turned out to be a moment that one Overland Park, Kan., man will never forget. Jason Pauley, 36, stopped by QuikTrip on his way to work on Sept. 20. He had purchased a $2 Lotto ticket for the Sept. 19 drawing, so he decided to check his ticket. Minutes later he was on his way to the Missouri Lottery office in Independence to claim his $700,000 prize.
"I haven’t even told my wife yet," Pauley told Lottery officials when he claimed his prize. "I had to make sure it was real. I think I’m ready to explode."
Pauley said he didn’t even remember to buy a cup of coffee after he discovered the win.
Pauley’s 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 Tim’s Convenience Store, 320 N. Osage in Nevada. A Nevada couple have claimed that half of the prize.
Pauley, who repairs commercial refrigeration equipment, said he had been working at a fast food restaurant near QuikTrip and had stopped there to buy a cup of coffee on Sept. 19 before going to work. That was when he bought his lucky Lotto ticket, too. He let the computer Quick Pick his winning numbers. They were: 1, 15, 16, 29, 34 and 42.
Pauley said he plans to take the cash value of the $700,000 prize, which is $350,000 before taxes.
Pauley said he and his wife, Karri, are the parents of three children and will most likely use their winnings to buy a house. They are currently renting a house.
"We really want a house," Pauley said. "Now we can buy one."
In addition to Pauley’s win, QuikTrip 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.