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October 24, 2002

SMITHVILLE WOMAN CLAIMS $3.1 MILLION LOTTO PRIZE

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A 57-year-old Smithville woman said retirement might come a "little sooner now" after all six numbers on her Missouri Lotto ticket matched all six drawn on Oct. 9 to win $3.1 million. Deanna Kohlbrecher said she plans to continue working as a medical technologist for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, but she may retire sooner than she originally planned.

"I’m going to do some remodeling around the house and some landscaping," said Kohlbrecher, who is the mother of four grown children. "I also plan to give some money to my church and to a couple of charities that I give to all the time."

Kohlbrecher purchased her winning ticket after work on Sept. 28 at QuikTrip, 2121 Burlington in N. Kansas City. She used a combination of family birthdays to select all the winning numbers, except 42, which she picked at random. The winning numbers were: 2, 6, 13, 24, 29 and 42.

QuikTrip will receive a check for $31,000 - an amount equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - for selling the winning Lotto ticket.

This is the third Missouri Lotto ticket sold to a Smithville area resident. On Nov. 1, 1986, Steven DiLorenzo of Plattsburg won $1 million with a Missouri Lotto ticket he purchased at United Coop in Smithville. On Jan. 26, 1994, Don and Connie Gabriel of Smithville won $2.9 million on a Lotto ticket they purchased at Circle A One Stop in Smithville.

To date, 181 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began nearly 17 years ago. Of those tickets sold, 133 were from the Lotto game.







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