2002-05-23 13:48:07.0


The suspense was nearly too much for a Woodson Terrace man who was checking his Lotto numbers on Saturday. Lawrence "Larry" Duncan, 71, said he was watching Channel 4, KMOV, during the 10 p.m. newscast on May 18, and he wrote down the first four Lotto numbers announced, realizing they all matched. But he couldn’t write fast enough to get all six numbers, so he had to switch to Channel 5, KSDK, to get the remaining two numbers. To his surprise, he had all six numbers on his Lotto ticket, bringing him a jackpot prize worth $1.2 million. "My grandson came over later and we had a pizza party," Duncan said. "We stayed up until 3 a.m. -- when the newspapers were printed -- so we could double-check the numbers. I tried to sleep for about 20 minutes, but I couldn’t." Duncan said he and his wife, Virgie, plan to use the prize money for several home improvements, including a new roof. They may also buy a new car. Duncan retired in 1992 from Hunter Engineering in Bridgeton, where he was the head of the paint department. Duncan purchased his winning ticket at Schnucks Market, 9785 St. Charles Rock Road in St. Louis. He used Quick Pick to select his winning combination. Those numbers were: 10, 18, 28, 30, 35 and 37. In addition to Duncan’s prize, Schnucks Market will receive a check for $12,000 ? an amount equal to 1 percent of the jackpot ? for selling the winning Lotto ticket. This was the second Lotto jackpot to be won in the St. Louis area in the last two weeks. On May 8, a group of seven employees, including the two owners, at Speed-e-Way Printing Services in Fenton won a $1.3 million Lotto prize. To date, 177 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began 16 years ago. Of those tickets, 130 were Lotto tickets.

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