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December 4, 2002

INDEPENDENCE WOMAN CLAIMS $2.4 MILLION

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A Social Security benefits authorizer from Independence added some financial security to her own future after she won the Nov. 30 Missouri Lotto jackpot worth $2.4 million.  Lisa Hamilton, 44, said she has been playing the same set of six numbers for years, and her persistence paid off.

"We plan to buy a house," Hamilton said.  "I also want to help my son’s girlfriend get to nursing school."

Hamilton said she and her husband, Ernie, also plan to pay off bills with the money.  The couple are the parents of two sons, who are 23 and 21 years old.

"We plan to sit back and see what we really have to have," she said.  "We’ll take it slow."

Hamilton purchased her winning ticket on Nov. 30 at QuikTrip, 11201 E. Truman Road in Independence, after she got off work.  Though she can’t remember how she picked the numbers years ago, she knows that some of them are significant, like her son’s birthday, which is the 7th.  The winning numbers were:  3, 7, 27, 31, 36 and 40.

In addition to Hamilton’s win, QuikTrip will receive a check for $24,000 - an amount equal to 1 percent of the jackpot - for selling the winning Lotto ticket.

To date, 182 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began nearly 17 years ago.  Of those tickets sold, 134 were from the Lotto game.







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