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May 10, 2012

Florissant Couple Claims $1.2 Million Lotto Jackpot

Story Photo video icon audio icon A retired Florissant couple claimed the $1.2 million Missouri Lottery Lotto jackpot from the April 28 drawing. Michael and Juanita Behlmann bought the winning ticket at QuikTrip, 2105 N. Highway 67, in Florissant.
   
“We buy Lotto and Powerball twice a week,” explained Juanita. “Usually, Michael will buy them when he gets gas, but I’ll ask if they are needed when I go to the grocery store.”
   
She said she learned of the win after calling the Lottery’s winning numbers hotline the Sunday following the drawing.
   
“As they were reading them off, I got to the fifth number and I said, ‘No.’ Then the sixth number came up and I said, ‘We have a winner!’”
   
Juanita said Michael didn’t believe her, so they looked up the numbers in the newspaper and confirmed the win, and then they visited Molottery.com to find more information.
   
“It was exciting, but we didn’t quite know what to do,” she recalled.
   
She said she stashed the ticket amongst her credit card bills until they could claim the prize. The winning numbers from the April 28 Lotto drawing were: 2, 17, 22, 31, 41 and 44.
   
The Behlmanns had the choice of a $1.2 million annuity, or a cash payment of $600,000 before taxes. They selected the lump-sum payment. QuikTrip received a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
   
“We’re not over our heads in debt or anything, but there are few things we plan on doing to the house,” said Juanita.
   
Not much about their lives will change, she added, noting how thankful she is for the Lottery and the state Lotto game.    
   
“We always kept the Lotto for that reason, because the odds aren’t near as large as the Powerball,” she said.
   
Lotto is a twice-weekly Draw Game with jackpots that start at $1 million. The Behlmanns claimed the 212th Lotto jackpot awarded since 1986 and are the 339th Missouri Lottery-made millionaires.

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