2011-05-20 10:53:47.117

St. Louis Man Goes from Painter to Instant Millionaire

Story Photo audio icon The Missouri Lottery provided Kenneth Buckner of St. Louis with just the ticket he needed to get even with his bills, so he won’t “have to owe anybody” anymore. The 56-year-old painter for Boeing used Quick Pick to match all six numbers drawn in the Lotto drawing on May 14, winning him the $1.6 million jackpot prize. In addition to eliminating debt, the father-of-five said his wife has another idea about how to spend the windfall.
“My wife wants a bigger house, so we’re going to focus on getting a bigger house,” he shared.
When asked to describe the moment he realized he was holding the winning Lotto ticket, Buckner recalled with a laugh that he thought his eyes might be deceiving him.
“I got happy,” he began, adding that while checking the numbers at his home, he saw that he matched four of the six winning numbers. “I paused for a minute, and said, ‘Man, I got all six numbers!’”
Next, he informed his wife of 19 years that he “hit the Lotto.” He joked that she immediately said, “No, you didn’t hit the Lotto!”
After a few minutes of back-and-forth, she said, “Let me go get my glasses!”
Buckner “wanted to make sure” his wife looked at the ticket, too, to confirm that he “didn’t get anything wrong.”
As for his closing thoughts on his Lottery winning experience, Buckner said that winning a Lottery prize was “something that I always wanted to do.”
“I finally made it!” he beamed.
Buckner purchased the winning Missouri Lotto ticket from the May 14 drawing at Schnucks Market, 6920 Olive Blvd., in St. Louis. The winning numbers were:  11, 13, 20, 29, 40 and 42.

Lotto is a twice-weekly Draw Game with jackpots that start at $1 million and grow until someone wins.

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