June 1, 2001
CENTERVIEW COUPLE WIN SECOND-LARGEST MISSOURI LOTTERY JACKPOT
A supervisor at a Warrensburg battery plant got a big jolt Thursday morning when she checked her Powerball ticket for Wednesday’s drawing and discovered it was worth an estimated $61.9 million - the second-largest Missouri Lottery prize ever awarded. Linda Burns, 42, of Centerview, immediately called her husband, Bob, 48, who is a Frito Lay route salesman.
"I didn’t believe her," said Bob Burns. "I thought she was teasing me."
The couple said they both plan to take an early retirement, share some of the prize with their family and buy a new motor home to travel the United States. Their youngest son, who is 17, would like to get a new pickup truck.
"We’ve both worked our whole life," Linda said. "We’ll enjoy this."
Bob Burns purchased the couple’s winning ticket last Sunday, when he stopped at Pittsville PDQ in Holden to get gas. He let the computer pick the numbers on his $2 ticket. The winning numbers were: 11, 12, 28, 36, 43 and the Powerball was 9.
The Burnses are still deciding if they would like to receive their prize money in one lump sum payment of $33,363,995.90 before taxes, or whether they would like to receive approximately $2.4 million a year before taxes for the next 25 years. They have 60 days from the drawing, which was May 30, to decide.
In addition to the Burnses’ win, Pittsville PDQ will receive a check for $50,000 for selling the winning Powerball jackpot ticket.
The last time someone won a Powerball prize in Missouri was in September 2000, when Roberta Best of Raytown shared half of a $29 million jackpot with a player in Indiana. The largest jackpot won in Missouri was a $69 million Powerball jackpot claimed by a St. Charles woman in November 1995.
To date, 166 winning Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Lottery began in January 1986. Missouri has sold the second-most winning Powerball jackpot tickets - a total of 19 - of all the 21 members.