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February 25, 2010

Missouri's First $250,000 Mega Millions Winner Claims Prize

Story Photo The wait is over!  Missouri’s first-ever $250,000 Mega Millions winner has come forward.  Lawrence Hipp of Platte City is the lucky player from the Feb. 12 drawing to match all five white-ball numbers.  It was a day of firsts, because not only did he become the first Missouri player to win a $250,000 Mega Millions prize, but it was also the first time he had ever bought a Mega Millions ticket.

The retired Trans World Airlines electronics technician said he "decided to take his chances" on the game.  He attributes his win to "beginners luck," because he never imagined he’d win a large Lottery prize.

Hipp "won $23 one time," so he "couldn’t hardly believe it" when he checked the numbers at Platte City Cash Saver, 305 Marshall Road in Platte City, and saw that he won $250,000.

"(I) thought maybe I was reading it wrong," he revealed.

Assuming the Check-A-Ticket machine was broken, he returned to his home to compare his numbers to the ones on the Lottery’s Web site, Molottery.com. 

After receiving confirmation that his numbers had hit, he made plans to travel to the Kansas City regional office to claim his prize. 

Hipp said he would use his windfall to pay off and "fix up" his Platte City home.

Mega Millions is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $12 million.  Drawings are held on Tuesday and Friday nights at 10 p.m.  To date, the highest Mega Millions jackpot prize claimed is $390 million – a prize split by two ticketholders in Georgia and New Jersey.  Hipp used Quick Pick to select the winning numbers from the Feb. 12 drawing, which were:  14, 16, 17, 33 and 47.  The Missouri Lottery began Mega Millions sales on Jan. 31.

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