2000-06-26 10:53:38.613


Instead of a getting a cheap trinket, a Nebraska man received a Missouri Powerball ticket worth $6.2 million in cash from his girlfriend’s recent trip to Kansas City. Bruce Fester, 42, of Omaha, Neb., said he gave his girlfriend, Kim Henderson of Omaha, some money to go to Worlds of Fun on June 3 and instructed her not to buy him "a bunch of souvenirs." So when she stopped in the King Super Store, 5002 N.E. Parvin Road for a soda while waiting for the amusement park to open, she bought one Powerball ticket as a present for him. The $1 ticket turned out to match all six numbers drawn on June 3 to win the $12 million jackpot. Fester plans to take the jackpot in one payment of $6.2 million in cash. Fester said the first thing he planned to do was to take his prearranged trip to Cancun, Mexico, where he spent last Tuesday through Saturday. "It will give me time to think about what I am going to do," Fester told Lottery officials when he claimed his prize on June 19. Fester didn’t check his ticket until Saturday, June 17, when he stopped in a Nebraska Lottery retail location. After being told all of his numbers matched, Fester verified his prize at a truck plaza in Rock Port. Fester, who owns a sprinkler company in Omaha, said he plans to keep working. He also wants to buy a new truck - since his has more than 175,000 miles on it - a new boat and a new car for Kim. Henderson let the computer randomly select the winning numbers. They were: 13, 14, 15, 31, 37 and the Powerball number was 10. In addition to Fester’s jackpot prize, the King Super Store received a bonus of $50,000 for selling the winning Powerball ticket. To date, 156 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 17 - of all the 21 members. (Television Note: A satellite feed of the conference will be broadcast at 6:45 p.m. CT Monday night, June 26, immediately before the lottery’s drawing show. For more information, contact Frank Finley at 573-751-2721.)

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