2011-02-22 10:38:11.037

Independence Man Claims $1.5 Million Lotto Jackpot

Story Photo An auto parts salesman from Independence is $1.5 million richer after matching all six numbers drawn in the Missouri Lotto drawing on Feb. 12. William Johnston, 41, purchased the winning $5 Quick Pick ticket at QuikTrip, 4740 S. Arrowhead Dr., in Independence.

Johnston plans to use the windfall for retirement.

“I feel very thankful and very blessed,” he said.

Johnston’s prize is the 200th Lotto jackpot ticket sold since the Lottery began in 1986. The winning numbers from the Feb. 12 drawing were: 1, 3, 6, 9, 13 and 43.

In addition to the Johnston’s prize, QuikTrip received a bonus check for $15,000 – equal to 1 percent of the advertised jackpot – for selling the winning ticket.

On Jan. 22, a Lotto ticket worth $4.2 million was purchased at a Price Chopper in Independence. That prize was claimed by Deborah King of Independence, along with Cherlyn Harding, Robin Williams and Randy Harding, all of Independence, and Ruth Waldon of Neosho.

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