2009-06-08 10:57:03.303

Independence Man Claims $1.3 Million Lotto Prize

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Vincent Mannino kept hearing news reports about a winning $1.3 million Lotto ticket sold at QuikTrip, 17815 E. 39th St. S. in Independence.

“I got tired of hearing it on the radio,” he teased.  “They’d say, ‘Someone won; who was it?’”

As local media outlets wondered about the identity of the lucky Lotto player, Mannino, 55, knew he held the winning ticket.  He had made the discovery while reading the newspaper the evening after the May 30 drawing.

After comparing the numbers on his ticket to those listed in the paper, double checking them and then finally having his wife check the numbers as well, Mannino called his daughters to share the good news.  He then “went to see a tax man” before claiming his prize at the Missouri Lottery’s Kansas City regional office on June 2.

Mannino used Quick Pick to select his winning numbers, which were:  14, 21, 28, 34, 41 and 44. 

In lieu of receiving his prize in 25 annual payments, he plans to take the one payment cash option of $650,000 before taxes.

In addition to Mannino’s prize, QuikTrip will receive a bonus check for $13,000 – equal to 1 percent of the advertised jackpot – for selling the winning ticket.

Mannino’s prize is the 191st Lotto jackpot ticket sold since the Lottery began in 1986.

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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