2001-03-14 09:23:11.693


A 51-year-old Boonville man claimed a Missouri Lottery Lotto jackpot worth $1.5 million yesterday at the Lottery’s Jefferson City office. Michael "Mike" Keller had been the manager at Jump Stop in Boonville, where he purchased his winning ticket for the Feb. 28 drawing. He has since "retired." Keller said he was working late training a new employee the night of the drawing, when he discovered his win. When he printed off a winning numbers report and checked his ticket, he became excited. Keller used "Quick Pick" to select his lucky numbers. They were: 19, 26, 32, 41, 42 and 43. Keller said he plans to take his prize money in one cash payment of approximately $750,000 before taxes. He said he will use the money to pay bills, buy a new truck and a pontoon boat. He already has bought a candy-apple red Mustang. Jump Stop will receive a check for $15,000, an amount equivalent to 1 percent of the jackpot, for selling the winning ticket. To date, 163 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began nearly 15 years ago. Of those tickets, 118 were sold through the Lotto game.

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