Dexter parents-to-be Amanda Richardson and Michael Magarian will have millions of dollars to spoil their baby and themselves after matching all six Missouri Lotto numbers drawn on June 5. Richardson, 20, said it felt “like a dream” when she and Magarian, 45, realized they’d won a $2 million prize.
“We were just so excited,” Richardson recounted. “I told him that we won, and he didn’t believe me. We had to look it over about three times.”
The couple plays Lotto twice a week at On the Go, 402 E. Business Highway 60, in Dexter. Richardson explained that Magarian bought three tickets for the early-June drawing – one for his mother, one for him and one for her, per their regular routine.
“He puts them in his hat, and he has me draw,” she explained. “I picked his mom’s first, mine and then his. I had the ticket that had all of the numbers.”
In addition to paying bills, preparing for their wedding and donating to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, they’re considering taking a vacation to Walt Disney World.
Lotto jackpot winners can either receive their prize in one lump-sum payment, which is half of the advertised jackpot, or winners can take their prize as an annuity, which would spread out the prize in 25 annual payments. Richardson and Magarian elected to receive their prize in one lump-sum payment.
Richardson and Magarian’s win designates them as the 374th Missouri Lottery-made millionaires and the 220th Missouri Lotto jackpot winner since sales began in 1986.
In addition to their prize, On the Go received a $5,000 incentive for selling the winning ticket.