2002-04-01 08:13:04.0


Story Photo video icon A Blue Springs woman may have trouble convincing her friends that she won the $4.2 million Lotto jackpot from March 23. But it is no April Fool’s Day joke: Joan Parks is the newest Missouri Lottery-made millionaire. "I’m going to take my time and think about it," said Parks, when asked what she will do with the money. "I might get a different house, and pay some bills. Mainly, it’s security." Parks said she bought her ticket on the morning of the drawing when she stopped in Hy-Vee Food & Drug Store, 601 W. 40 Highway in Blue Springs, to buy food for her three dogs and two cats. She let the computer select the two sets of combinations on her $1 ticket. The winning numbers were: 11, 13, 17, 21, 32 and 43. Parks said she heard on the radio earlier in the week that someone who bought a ticket at the Blue Springs Hy-Vee won the jackpot. She heard more talk about the prize at a meeting on Tuesday night and said she was "afraid" to check her ticket. Finally around noon on Wednesday, after looking at the winning Missouri Lottery numbers in the Blue Springs Examiner, Parks went down to her car in the basement garage, grabbed her ticket from her visor, and checked it. To her surprise, she held the winning ticket. In addition to Parks’ prize, Hy-Vee will receive a check for $42,000 - an amount equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - for selling the winning Lotto ticket. To date, 174 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began 16 years ago. Of those tickets, 127 were Lotto tickets.

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