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October 27, 2011

Harrisonville Teacher Makes 'Mega' Money on Day Off School

Story Photo audio icon If the Missouri Lottery gave players grades for a job well done, one Harrisonville school teacher would be on the hypothetical honor roll. Donald Dickerson, 48, used Quick Pick to match all five white-ball numbers in the Mega Millions drawing on Oct. 21. The dedicated educator and first-time Lottery winner said he “went through a whole day of school” with the winning ticket worth $250,000 in his pocket, admitting that he did leave an hour early to claim his prize. 
           
In typical teacher fashion, Dickerson didn’t want to take credit for the Lottery win until he turned in his “work” – in his case, until he submitted the necessary paperwork to a Lottery office and confirmed the win with officials.
           
“I feel relieved that I can tell everybody now,” said Dickerson, who purchased the winning ticket at QuikTrip, 1402 N. State Rt. 291 in Harrisonville, on a teacher in-service day.
           
Dickerson, the soon-to-be topic of water-cooler conversation, intends to use the windfall to “pay off bills, pay off my house and my car, and pretty much be debt free.”
           
When asked how the prize might change his daily life, Dickerson explained that prior to winning a quarter of a million dollars, he was content, and he doesn’t think much will vary in his life post-win.
           
“I just make my monthly payments like the rest of the world,” he explained. “I’m happy that I’m doing it, and I’m happy that I have a rewarding career.”
           
As for what could differ now that he’s a Lottery winner, the grandfather-of-seven noted that by lifting the burden of monthly payments, he’ll be able to “just enjoy life” a bit more.
           
“It will give me extra money per month that I can spend on the grandkids,” he said.         
           
Dickerson clarified that he’s grateful for the life he’s been leading, but the win will allow him to “have a lot more fun.”
           
True to teacher form, Dickerson had a Lottery lesson to share:  “Play what you can, and enjoy it!”

Mega Millions is a multi-lottery Draw Game with jackpots that start at $12 million. Drawings are held at 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday nights.

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