June 4, 2002
KANSAS CITY PHARMACIST CLAIMS $1.2 MILLION
A Kansas City pharmacist kept a $1.2 million secret for two days until he made a trip with his family to the Missouri Lottery’s Independence office to confirm that he was the winner of the May 29 Lotto jackpot drawing. Derrick L.G. Morgan, 65, of Kansas City planned to surprise his wife with the news.
"After checking the ticket at a Hy-Vee grocery store, I went home and told my youngest daughter the news, but made her promise to keep it a secret," said Morgan. "I wanted my wife to have a good night’s rest. I knew she wouldn’t if I told her the news."
The next day, Morgan interested his wife, Rubye, and family to stop by the Lottery’s Kansas City office to buy some Scratchers tickets. After purchasing them, he presented the winning Lotto ticket to the clerk to verify that it was a winner.
"My wife was so surprised," said Morgan. "She didn’t know what to think."
Morgan’s luck playing Lotto began a couple of weeks ago, when he won $750 on two separate tickets during Mother’s Day weekend.
Morgan said he and his wife plan to use the prize money to buy their oldest daughter, who just graduated from college, a car and put the rest of it "back." They may also use the money in the future to buy a retirement home in Montego Bay, Jamaica, near Morgan’s sister’s home.
Morgan purchased his winning ticket at Osco Drug, 3106 S. Prospect in Kansas City where he works as a pharmacist. He let the computer select the winning combination on his $1 ticket. The winning numbers were: 12, 16, 17, 27, 39 and 42.
Osco Drug will receive a check for $12,000 - an amount equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - for selling the winning Lotto ticket.
To date, 178 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began 16 years ago. Of those tickets sold, 131 were from the Lotto game.