2000-06-13 10:55:46.767


A St. Louis couple are the winners of the largest Missouri Lotto jackpot ever awarded. Phillip and Margaret McClurg said they plan to receive the $19 million jackpot from Saturday night’s drawing in one cash payment of $9.5 million, before taxes. The McClurgs plan to use some of the prize money to form a Christian organization, buy a small airplane and do missionary work. They also plan to take a trip to Europe in the very near future. Phillip McClurg, 51, has quit working, and Margaret, 48, plans to join him shortly. The McClurgs also say they plan to "take care of their family." They are the parents of three grown sons. The couple purchased their winning ticket at 7-Eleven, 12915 Olive St. Road in Creve Coeur. They let the computer select the winning combination. Those numbers were: 4, 9, 12, 18, 25 and 28. In addition to the McClurg’s record jackpot prize, 7-Eleven will receive a record bonus of $190,000, an amount equal to 1 percent of the jackpot, for selling the winning jackpot ticket. The record jackpot pushed the total amount of jackpot prizes of $1 million or more awarded by the Missouri Lottery to more than $1 billion. Since lottery sales began in 1986, 155 tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold totaling $1,014,002,754.61.

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