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December 4, 2008

Farmington Couple Claim $1 Million Lotto Prize Sold In Festus

Story Photo video icon A Farmington construction worker and his wife built themselves a nest egg worth $1 million when the six numbers on their Missouri Lotto ticket from the Oct. 8 drawing matched all six numbers drawn.  Jeff and Cathy Momot used Quick Pick to select the winning numbers.  They were:  11, 16, 18, 29, 32 and 33.

“I usually buy my tickets at the Elks in Farmington,” said Jeff Momot, 51.  “I’ve been working in Festus; we’re building a new cement plant.  I was working the night shift, and I got hurt.  On my way home that Monday (Oct. 6), I stopped at the Elks in Festus for a beer.” 

While there, he made his usual $5 Lottery purchase for the Oct. 8 drawing:  $3 worth of Powerball plays and $2 worth of Missouri Lotto plays.

It wasn’t until Oct. 9, when Momont went to the Elks in Farmington, that he discovered his win.

“I put it (ticket) in the machine, and it read out a ‘1’ and a whole bunch of zeros,” he said.  Momot quickly called his wife.

“She didn’t believe me,” he said.  “I had to put the bartender on the phone to tell her.”

Momot said he and Cathy, 54, plan to use the prize money to help fund his retirement, which is only a few years away.  Cathy plans to buy new living room furniture.

“We’ll pay off a couple of bills,” Momot added.  “I work construction, and you never know when you’re going to work.  This will make it a little easier.”

The Momots also plan to set up saving accounts for their eight grandchildren.

In addition to the Momots’ prize, the Festus Elks received a check equal to 1 percent of the prize amount – which is $10,000 – for selling the winning ticket.

The Momots’ prize is the 181st Lotto jackpot ticket and the 263rd overall jackpot ticket sold since the Lottery began in 1986.





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