December 27, 2001
CHILLICOTHE COUPLE GET EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT
A Chillicothe bread salesman and his wife are rolling in the dough after finding out on Christmas Eve that they held the winning $4.9 million Missouri Lotto ticket from Dec. 22. Vicky and Kenneth "Kenny" Duckworth said they still can’t believe their good fortune.
"I was at the store where I bought the tickets, and I opened my billfold when I went to get a soda. I saw them (tickets) and decided to check them," Kenny, 38, said.
When the Check-A-Ticket machine read "see the store clerk," he figured he’d won a prize. But when he found out that prize was $4.9 million, he was speechless. The clerk helped him call his wife, Vicky, who was at home asleep. She thought something bad happened. After talking to the clerk and then Kenny, Vicky talked to the clerk again.
"She (the clerk) said, ’He’s trying to tell you you’re going to have a Merry Christmas,’" recalled Vicky, 37, who is an electronics teacher for the Grand River Technical School in Chillicothe.
The couple plan to use the prize money to take their two sons, ages 9 and 12, to Walt Disney World in Florida, make some home repairs and pay off the Ford Expedition they bought last year. They also plan to help family members in which Vicky referred to as "support staff."
Kenny bought the winning ticket a day or two before the drawing at 66 Lickety Split, 301 Washington in Chillicothe, one of his accounts. He let the computer generate the lucky numbers on $2 worth of Powerball and $2 worth of Lotto plays. The winning Lotto combination was: 15, 17, 18, 20, 23 and 29.
The 66 Lickety Split store will receive a check for $49,000 - an amount equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - for selling the winning Lotto ticket.
To date, 172 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began nearly 16 years ago. Of those tickets, 125 were Lotto tickets.