2009-04-13 13:40:48.33

Two Friends Split $1.7 Million Lotto Jackpot

Story Photo video icon Two men who started playing Lotto together when they were both employees of WireCo World Group in St. Joseph have stepped forward to claim a $1.7 million Lotto jackpot.  David Murdock of Cameron and Jon Hubbard of St. Joseph will split the jackpot from the April 1 drawing.  Hubbard bought the winning ticket at Wiedmaier Truck Stop, 4215 S. 169 Highway in St. Joseph.  He used Quick Pick to select the winning combination:  1, 4, 5, 21, 24 and 38.  

"I don’t like to check the tickets," said Hubbard.  "So even though I don’t work at WireCo anymore, I just kept buying them and sending them to David."

Murdock, 44, would get the occasional ticket from Hubbard, 54, and check the winning numbers on the Internet.  When he discovered that all six numbers matched on April 3, he picked Jon up and made a trip to Kansas City to claim their prize at the Missouri Lottery regional office. 

"I feel like a million bucks," said Hubbard, after presenting the winning ticket. 

The men will evenly split the lump-sum payment of $850,000.  After taxes are withheld, each will receive a check for more than $300,000.  Both indicated plans to invest the money.

"I’ve got two children in college," said Murdock.  "And I’ll probably pay off the house." 

Lotto is a pari-mutuel numbers game that is drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Jackpots start at $1 million and grow until someone wins.  This is the 188th Missouri Lotto jackpot awarded.  For selling the winning ticket, Wiedmaier Truck Stop will receive a check for $17,000.  To learn more about Lotto or any of the Missouri Lottery games, visit Molottery.com.  

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