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March 16, 2009

St. Charles Couple Claims $1.9 Million Lotto Jackpot

Being a regular player paid off for one St. Charles couple.  Richard Olds usually spends a few dollars on Lotto tickets, and occasionally has a little luck.  He matched three numbers in Lotto and used the free-ticket prize to buy a Quick Pick ticket for the March 4 drawing.  That ticket, purchased at QuikTrip, 225 N. Kingshighway in St. Charles, matched all six numbers to win $1.9 million.  Richard and his wife, Linda, claimed their winning ticket at the St. Louis regional Missouri Lottery office on March 10. 
   
The winning Lotto numbers in the March 4 drawing were:  6, 19, 30, 32, 39 and 44.  To play Lotto, players pick six of 44 numbers, or have a computer randomly generate a selection.  Tickets that match all six numbers win the jackpot, which can be paid as an annuity over 25 years, or as one lump-sum. 
   
The retail location will receive a 1 percent bonus for selling a winning ticket.  In this case, QuikTrip will receive a bonus of $19,000. 
   
The Missouri Lottery generates nearly $1 billion a year in sales and contributes more than $265 million annually to Missouri public education programs, including the A+ Scholarship Program, the Virtual Schools program, Special Education Excess Costs, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program and Future Minority Teacher Scholarships.  In fiscal year 2008, the Missouri Lottery ranked sixth in percentage increase in sales among the 42 United States lotteries.





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