January 10, 2001
KANSAS CITY COUPLE CLAIM $3.8 MILLION
Many 10-year-old boys opened up scooters or Play Stations on Christmas morning, but one Kansas City boy was given a much more life-changing gift after discovering his parents held a Missouri Lotto ticket worth $3.8 million. His parents, Mike and Cheryl Hawkins, knew about the win shortly after the drawing on Dec. 9, but they chose to tell their son on Christmas Day.
"It’s still hard to believe," Mike Hawkins told Lottery officials when he claimed his prize one week ago.
The Hawkins decided to take their prize money in one cash payment of approximately $1.9 million before taxes.
Mike Hawkins, 51, bought the couple’s winning ticket at Texaco, 600 N.W. 68th St. in Kansas City. He let the computer pick his lucky combination. Those numbers were: 4, 18, 26, 41, 42 and 44.
Hawkins said he and Cheryl might "go buy a couple of vehicles" with the windfall. They also had planned to go to Walt Disney World in March; now Hawkins says they "might stay a couple of extra days."
Mike Hawkins is a cabinetmaker for Quality Wood Products in Kansas City, and Cheryl Hawkins worked at Propulsion Control, before retiring on Jan. 2.
Texaco received a check for $38,000, an amount equivalent to 1 percent of the jackpot, for selling Hawkins the winning ticket.
To date, 161 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began nearly 15 years ago. Of those tickets, 116 were sold through the Lotto game.