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October 28, 2009

Parkville Man Wins $1.1 Million Lotto Prize

Story Photo video icon audio icon Tim Sawyers wasn’t expecting much when he stopped at the Missouri Lottery regional office in Independence on Oct. 21.  He wanted to pick up some new playslips for Powerball, and decided to check his tickets while he was there. 
   
"I had a bunch of stubs in my envelope, so I started checking them," recalled Sawyers.  "I put one in, and it said ’You have won $1.1 million.’  I gave it to the lady and told her I wanted to find out if the machine was lying to me or not." 
   
The Check-A-Ticket machine was telling the truth.  Sawyers matched all six numbers for the Oct. 14 Lotto drawing, winning the $1.1 million jackpot.  He used Quick Pick to select the winning numbers:  3, 7, 18, 19, 27 and 42. 
   
Sawyers is retired from a career with the Internal Revenue Service.  He explained that as a former tax examiner, he located misapplied payments and saw that individuals accounts were credited, making him one of the "good guys."  His service with the IRS influenced his decision to take the annuity option, with the $1.1 million prize paid out in 25 installments. 
   
"If I remember correctly, you pay the taxes on what you get in any particular year," said Sawyers.
   
He isn’t the only beneficiary of his winning ticket.  The store that sold Sawyers the lucky numbers will also receive an amount equal to 1 percent of the jackpot, or $11,000.  Sawyers buys a combination of selected numbers and Quick Picks for each drawing, this time from Hen House, 6238 N. Chatham Ave. in Kansas City. 
   
Sawyers said he is in no rush to spend his new found wealth. 

"Well, (I’m) excited, kind of," explained Sawyers.  "I don’t know what to do.   (I’m) pretty well satisfied with what I’ve got at the moment." 
   
"I might go out for dinner," he added. 
   
Lotto is a Numbers Game that features jackpots starting at $1 million.  This is the 194th Lotto jackpot awarded in Missouri and the 286th Missouri-made millionaire since the games began in 1986. 

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