2001-04-16 09:20:03.11


Last Thursday started out as any typical 10th anniversary would for a 60-year-old Mexico man, but it ended up being anything but typical. Henry Cupp arranged for roses to be sent to his wife, June, and then he found out he held a winning Missouri Lotto ticket worth $1,050,000. Cupp, who is a route salesman for Backer’s Potato Chips, stopped at Hickman’s Food Store’s south location in Mexico around 10 a.m. and checked the Lotto ticket he purchased earlier in the week at Hickman’s east location in Vandiver Village. To his surprise, it was one of two tickets that matched all six numbers drawn April 11 to win half of the $2.1 million prize. Cupp let the computer select his winning numbers. Those numbers were: 3, 6, 15, 30, 37 and 41. One other Lotto ticket sold in Raytown also matched all six numbers drawn that night to win a share of the jackpot. Those winners have not yet come forward. Cupp said he plans to take his share of the jackpot - $1,050,000 - in one payment of $525,000 in cash before taxes. "June didn’t believe me," Cupp told Lottery officials when he claimed his prize Friday afternoon. "I did make a point to tell her that I ordered the roses before I found out I won the Lottery." Cupp said he plans to buy a house with his prize winnings. He may also "trade cars" and give the kids "a little dab." Henry and June each have three grown children from previous marriages. In addition to their prize money, Hickman’s Food Store (East) will receive a check for $10,500, an amount equal to 1 percent of Cupp’s winnings, for selling the winning ticket. "It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person," said Dennis Giltner, manager of Hickman’s Food Store’s east location, when he learned Cupp was the winner. To date, 165 winning Missouri Lottery tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Lottery began in January 1986; 119 of those tickets were sold in the Missouri Lotto game.

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