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April 26, 2011

Hurdland Man's $1 Quick Pick Ticket Yields $1.4 Million Lotto Prize

Story Photo audio icon Hearing his grandson say, “They do match, grandpa,” was like music to a Hurdland man’s ears. Fifty-four-year-old Michael McClanahan, who was worried his eyes were deceiving him, showed his Missouri Lotto Quick Pick ticket to his 10-year-old grandson. After hearing it from his grandson’s mouth and looking at his ticket compared to the winning numbers several more times, he began to believe that he had really won a $1.4 million Lotto prize from the April 20 drawing.
           
The first-time Lottery winner immediately started calling his family and friends, beginning with his wife, who “didn’t believe it” at first. His next call was to his daughter, who he informed that her “worry days are over.”
           
Over laughter, the McClanahan’s Electrical owner admitted that it was a restless night, noting that he slept with the winning ticket in his billfold.
           
“The wife said, ‘You ought to put that (ticket) under the mattress,’” he began. “I said, ‘If there’s a fire, I’m grabbing my billfold. I might be out there standing in my underwear, but that billfold is going with me!’”
           
McClanahan declared that winning the Lotto prize will allow him to “get out of debt.”
           
“We won’t be stressed out on bills anymore!” he exclaimed.           
           
The lucky Lotto winner purchased the winning ticket at Pick-A-Dilly, 100 S. First St., in Edina.
           
Two Missouri Lotto players matched all six numbers drawn to share the April 20 jackpot worth $2.8 million. Each winner will receive half of the winning jackpot, or $1.4 million, before taxes. The winning numbers were: 5, 14, 26, 31, 36 and 38. The other winning Lotto ticket, which remains unclaimed, was sold at Mr. T’s Liquor Store, 510 U.S. Highway 412, in Cardwell.
 
In addition to McClanahan’s prize, Pick-A-Dilly will receive a bonus check for $14,000 – equal to 1 percent of half of the advertised jackpot – for selling the winning ticket.
           
McClanahan is the 314th Missouri Lottery-made millionaire and the 201st Missouri Lotto winner since sales began in 1986.

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