June 26, 2002
LOTTERY MILLIONAIRES GONE FISHIN' IN THE OZARKS
Missouri Lottery-made millionaires and their families were in the Lake of the Ozarks today taking part in a "Luckytown Wacky Fishing Challenge" during the Missouri Lottery’s 16th Annual Millionaires Reunion at the Lodge of the Four Seasons, State Road HH in Lake Ozark. The 26 winners represented a combined net worth of more than $116 million.
"We organize a reunion for the jackpot winners each year," said Gary Gonder, director of communications for the Missouri Lottery. "The events give the millionaires a chance to share their experiences with others who have gone through a similar experience. It also gives us a chance to present topics that can help them adjust to their new lives, which are often quite different from their previous experiences."
Gonder said the lottery organizes the event, and the millionaires are responsible for paying their own way.
In addition to participating in a fishing competition, the lottery-made millionaires also listened to seminars on finance and personal wellness.
Since the lottery began in January 1986, 178 Missouri Lottery jackpot tickets ranging in worth from $1 million to $69 million, have been sold. These jackpot prizes total more than $1.15 billion.