A St. Joseph state worker rang in 2009 by winning a Missouri Lotto jackpot worth $1.6 million on Jan. 3. John Bravo, 57, claimed his prize at the Missouri Lottery’s Kansas City office on Jan. 6.
Bravo said his wife, Karen, bought the winning ticket at Break Time, 6108A Lake Ave. in St. Joseph. She let the computer pick the winning combination: 5, 21, 23, 25, 27 and 32.
He said Karen checked the ticket at the grocery store on Jan. 5 and found out it was a big winner. His son, David, called him right away to tell him the good news, but Bravo didn’t believe him.
“It didn’t seem real until we took it (ticket) to the Lottery office,” said Bravo, who works as a corrections officer supervisor at Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WRDCC) in St. Joseph.
Bravo said his first plan for the money is to pay off his mortgage.
“I’ve got a large earth-contact garage, and I am going to build a house on that,” he said.
Bravo also plans to renovate the house he is currently living in to give to his son, David, who has serious health issues after being in a car wreck a year ago.
“I kept thinking, ‘How am I going to provide for my son, since he will never be able to work,’” Bravo said.
Bravo, who plans to continue working, also thinks he may use some of the money to buy a bulldozer to clear some of the undeveloped portion of his land. As for his wife, Karen, she “wants an automobile that doesn’t break down.”
Bravo plans to take his prize in cash, which is $800,000 before taxes.
In addition to Bravo’s prize, Break Time received a check equal to 1 percent of the prize amount - which is $16,000 - for selling the winning ticket.
Bravo’s prize is the 185th Lotto jackpot ticket and the 269th jackpot ticket overall sold since the Lottery began in 1986.