2010-10-14 11:08:41.227

Doolittle Couple Claims $4.9 Million Lotto Jackpot

Story Photo video icon audio icon A “fun-loving” couple from Doolittle has stepped forward to claim the $4.9 million Lotto jackpot from the Oct. 6 drawing.  Sharon and Dale Baney presented the winning $1 Quick Pick ticket at Lottery Headquarters in Jefferson City on Oct. 7.  Sharon indicated she bought the winning ticket as part of her weekly Lottery purchase.
“I buy a $1 Lotto and a $1 Powerball every Wednesday morning,” Sharon explained.
Sharon is a regular at Ozark Oil, 90 Truman St., in Doolittle.  She discovered the ticket was a winner after returning to the store the day following the drawing.  She handed the ticket to a clerk who whispered, “You won.” 
“I kept saying, ‘It’s not real.’  What’s funny is they have the (security) video of the whole thing this morning, so I went back there and watched it.  I was holding my heart,” said Sharon. 
“She looked like she needed an ambulance,” said store owner Tony Sherrer. 
Sharon, 51, notified her husband, and even though they told no one else, word quickly spread around town.  The secretary for the Newburg school superintendent was soon receiving text messages from the school where she works. 
“I wasn’t even paying attention to who was in the store.  One of the students went to school and told everybody,” she said. 
Sharon’s boss asked if he would have to advertise her position, but she said, “No.”
“I love my job.  We’re both going to keep working,” she declared.
Dale works as a maintenance supervisor for Brewer Science in Rolla. 
The store that sold the ticket also houses a restaurant called “Cookin’ From Scratch,” and will receive a bonus equal to 1 percent of the jackpot amount.  Owner Tony Sherrer said the money would be used to improve the property.  A close friend of the Baneys, Tony drove the couple to Jefferson City to claim their prize. 
Winners have 60 days to determine how to receive the prize, but the Baneys indicated that they would opt for a lump-sum payment of $3.4 million before taxes.  In addition to sharing some money with their grown son and daughter, the Baneys plan to pay off their mortgage and Sharon’s car loan. 
“I’ve always had a new vehicle,” Sharon said.  “He (Dale) has never had a new vehicle.  He’s going to get a new truck.” 
Lotto is a twice-weekly Numbers Game with jackpots that start at $1 million and grow until someone wins.  Since the game began in 1986, 198 winning jackpots have been awarded, and there have been 305 Missouri-made millionaires overall.  The winning numbers from the Oct. 6 Lotto drawing were:  9, 14, 17, 27, 33 and 36.

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