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Pasadena Lotto Texas Winner Collects Prize
The Texas Lottery Commission issued a ceremonial check in the amount of $640,000 to the Varela Treviño Partnership of Pasadena, the first of 25 payments for winning the $16 million Lotto Texas jackpot drawing on August 10. Timoteo Varela is the general partner.
The Pasadena-area welder said he has been playing Lotto since the game began in 1992. He chose the numbers himself.
"I went to the store early Sunday morning for groceries, picked up a printout of the winning numbers and went home," Varela said. "While I was in the truck, I glanced at the printout and noticed I had three of the numbers, but didn't really look at them until I got home.
"I woke my wife to tell her we'd won, but she kept telling me to go away because she was asleep," Varela said. "Finally, I got her to pay attention, and, like me, she didn't believe what she was seeing on the ticket."
The rest of Varela's Sunday remains a blur. He said his children noticed that he couldn't seem to complete any chore he started.
"I walked around the back yard a lot, looking at the ticket, and I couldn't do any thing around the house," Varela said. "My kids kept staring at me as I walked around with the ticket in my hand all day."
Varela says he's not sure what comes next for him.
"I haven't made any plans yet because I wanted to make sure I'd receive the prize before I got ahead of myself," he said. "What I do know is that this money will pay for the college education of my children."
Mary Food Store, 3216 Pasadena Boulevard in Pasadena, sold the winning ticket. The store is eligible to receive a one percent bonus of the advertised jackpot for selling the jackpot winner. The bonus is $160,000.
The winning ticket's numbers were 35-51-44-42-25-46.
The winner requested minimum publicity.
Quick Decision Turns Houston Resident Into Instant Lotto Texas Millionaire
August 1, 2002
An unwanted Lotto Texas ticket left behind at a retailer is bought by someone else. The player who decided to buy the five sets of numbers ends up matching all six numbers for the drawing. Sound amazing? It happened for one Houston resident for the Lotto Texas drawing held on Wednesday, July 17, when the jackpot was worth an estimated $4 million.
The Texas Lottery Commission presented RS Trust of Houston - Harold C. Warren, Trustee, a ceremonial check in the amount of $160,000, the first of 25 installments for the 6-of-6 matching ticket. The trust will receive the same amount every July 15, for the next 24 years.
The Lotto Texas winner purchased the Quick Pick ticket at Stop N Go #2392, located at 5838 Westheimer Road in Houston. The retail owner is eligible for a bonus of one-percent of the jackpot amount - $40,000.
A representative of RS Trust has requested minimum publicity.
The numbers drawn were 46-11-21-26-40-32.
Port Arthur Lotto Winner Says "Let The Good Times Roll"
Frances Soileau and her husband, Lee, learned Thursday morning that her Lotto Texas ticket for the Wednesday, July 24, drawing was a perfect 6-of-6 match for the $6 million jackpot. Now, according to the couple, they plan on letting the good times roll.
"I haven't gotten as excited as I probably will later on," Soileau said. "I know we've won, and I'm just tickled about it."
Soileau and her husband, both retired, were sitting in their kitchen on Thursday morning, reading the paper when they found out they had matched all six numbers.
"I usually look at the Lotto numbers the morning after a drawing in one of two papers," Soileau said. "We get the Port Arthur News and the Beaumont Enterprise. After I saw the first six numbers on my ticket matched the ones in the papers, I handed it over to Lee and said, 'Look what we've done.'
"That's when we knew," she said. "We've been playing since the Lotto started. I used to always think we would win someday."
The couple, married for 12 years, met after one of Frances' friends moved to the Port Arthur area, and Frances went to visit her.
"He (Lee) lived next door to my friend, and came over when he saw I was over there to visit," she explained. "He told me my friend wasn't home, and I explained to him, 'It doesn't matter, I have a key to get in.' When my friend got home, she found us sitting in her kitchen."
Lee Soileau, an U.S. Army veteran from World War II, was captured the week of Thanksgiving in 1944 by German forces and kept as a prisoner of war for six months.
"I escaped them and then got captured by the Russians," he told officials. "They thought I was a German spy, but then found out I was an American. They gave me a compass and let me go. When I finally found more Americans, I only weighed 87 pounds."
The two told lottery officials they haven't had an opportunity to make any definite plans yet with the lottery win, but Soileau plans on doing at least one thing.
"I'm splitting it with my husband," she said. "We may get a new automobile, too."
Soileau chose the Cash Value Option on her Quick Pick ticket, and will receive $3,463,036.80, before taxes are withheld. She makes the first ever Port Arthur resident to win a Lotto Texas jackpot prize. The jackpot-winning ticket was purchased at Fisco Convenience Store, located at 2539 Jefferson Drive in Port Arthur. The retail owner is eligible to receive a bonus of one percent of the jackpot amount, $60,000.
The winning numbers were 47-06-25-50-02-54
"It feels amazing," said Soileau.
"I don't feel any different," her husband, Lee, added. "It won't change anything."
Longview Winner Doesn't Let A Bank Vault Change His Plans
July 11, 2002
Jimmie Boyd, Jr. of Longview had big plans for today, and a cantankerous bank vault holding his jackpot winning Lotto Texas ticket wasnt about to make him change them. Boyd was the first claimant to come to Texas Lottery headquarters after the Lotto Texas jackpot was hit from the Saturday, June 22, drawing. Today, he became the fifth and final winner to collect his share, $8,502,425, of the $74 million jackpot prize.
I went to the bank yesterday to get my ticket out of the safety deposit box, and the bank vault door wouldnt open because there was a problem with the timer, explained Boyd. My daughter got a hold of the bank president and he told her, Well get somebody over there right away to get it open for you.
I told the girl there, I have to get that ticket today because Im on my to Austin, he added.
He says he has different plans for this weekend.
I have a fishing pole I got at Christmas that I havent used yet, Boyd said. I think I may go and get it wet this week.
Besides fishing, Boyd told lottery officials he has also made a few other plans on how hes going to spend his jackpot prize. I got a brand new white Nissan Supercab pickup truck that I love, my wife and I are going to build a new home, and Im going to spend money on my four children, 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, he said.
Boyd purchased his winning Quick Pick set of numbers at the Stop & Shop, located at 5003 Estes Parkway in Longview. The retailer is eligible to receive $100,000 for selling one of the five top-prize winning tickets for the Lotto jackpot. I went to the store pretty soon after I realized I had a winning ticket, and the guy who sold it to me figured I was the one, Boyd said. He kept asking me what my name was, but I never told him. I went to the Dairy Queen too, and the girl behind the counter said she knew the name of the winner. She didnt even realize she was talking to me.
Boyd makes the first Longview resident to win a Lotto Texas jackpot prize. Each of the winning tickets was purchased with the Cash Value Option, and each winner received $8.5 million. The five winning tickets were purchased in Sherman, Longview, Terrell, Pearland and Austin. Chester Brown of Sherman claimed his share on June 26, Shawn Pitts of Austin came to headquarters on June 28, James Quinton of Pearland received his share on July 2, and Judy Holmes of Arcadia, Louisiana, claimed the Terrell ticket on July 3.
The winning numbers were: 16-11-02-13-34-26.
Im truly blessed, Boyd said. Im just going to go on with my life.
Lubbock Truck Driver Finds Financial Freedom On Independence Day
July 8, 2002
Allen Wilhite of Lubbock found out on July 4 that he would soon have the financial freedom everyone longs for. That was the day the 53-year-old truck driver stopped at an Allsup's in Paducah to get a printout of the winning numbers for the Lotto Texas drawing from the night before. On July 3, he purchased tickets at an Allsup's in Merkel, while driving to Plainview from Dallas.
"I bought five-dollars-worth of tickets, one with the ages of my children, grandchildren and myself," said Wilhite. "The rest were Quick Picks."
"The next day, I stopped in Paducah at another Allsup's to check my tickets, and I'll tell you, I couldn't believe what I was seeing," he said. "Now I know what people mean when they say they have to pinch themselves to make sure they're awake or really experiencing whatever it is that's making them not believe what's happening. Once I pulled myself together, I got back to the road."
Once he realized that his ticket was the winner, he hid it in the place that has an alarm, his truck. "I put it inside the seat cushion of my Tahoe," Wilhite said. "I figured if anybody tried getting in my truck, I'd hear it right away."
The winner's family didn't know until Friday that their father was a winner. In fact, his son, Adam, was surprised to see his father on a weekday.
"Dad arrived at the house and sat on the couch without saying very much for a while," the younger Wilhite said. "Then he asked me, 'Have you ever been totally freaked out?' and I knew something was going on. He showed me his ticket, and I understood immediately why he asked me that."
The winning Wilhite has been driving for Walmart for 12 ½ years. During that time, he's logged nearly 2 million miles, accident-free. He's been a truck driver since he was 23.
"They're a wonderful company," he said. "I have thoroughly enjoyed working for them, but I'm getting a little tired of the road, of not being home as much as I would like."
While he knows he's probably not going to be on the road much longer, Wilhite isn't exactly sure what he's going to do with his jackpot prize.
"I haven't absorbed all of this yet," Wilhite said. "I'm sure I'll pay off my house and my vehicle, but I'm not going to make any other big decisions real fast. I'm still pinching myself." Wilhite came to the Lottery during scheduled vacation time.
The store that sold the winning ticket is the Allsup's #86, located on Route 1, Interstate 20, in Merkel. The store is eligible to receive a prize that is one-percent of the advertised jackpot, not to exceed $500,000, for selling the jackpot winning ticket. The bonus is $90,000.
Wilhite bought a Cash Value Option ticket, which gives him a total prize today of $5,089,574, before taxes are withheld.
The winning ticket's numbers were 32-17-5-53-24-2.
Louisiana Resident is 4th To Claim Share of $74 Million
July 3, 2002
Judy Holmes of Arcadia, Louisiana, was on her way home from Dallas when she stopped at the McDonalds Fuel Station in Terrell to buy Lotto Texas tickets. She bought two Quick Pick tickets and headed east.
The fortuitous stop gave her a share of the $74 million jackpot prize from the Saturday, June 22 Lotto Texas drawing, which she collected today at Lottery headquarters. For choosing the Cash Value Option, she won $8,502,425, before federal taxes are withheld. This makes the fourth ticket turned into the Texas Lottery for the Lotto jackpot prize. The fifth and last outstanding ticket was purchased in Longview.
Holmes is the fifth Lotto Texas jackpot winner from Louisiana. Frank Perkins of Haughton was one of five Lotto winners from May 1993, and took home $471,761. Michael Tregre of Vacherie was one of six jackpot-winning ticket holders from September 1993, and received $1,083,475. Earl Scott of Many was one of two jackpot winners from December 1993, which netted him $6.4 million, and Bert Houston from Minden claimed his $2 million Lotto jackpot in January 2000.
McDonalds Fuel Station is located on I-20 Hiran Road, Exit 509. The retail owner is eligible to receive a bonus of $100,000 for selling one of the five jackpot-winning Lotto tickets.
The winner has requested minimum publicity.
The winning numbers were 16-11-02-13-34-26.
For a financial breakdown of this win, see the July 11, 2002 winners story.
Dashing To A Wedding, He Dashed Off Numbers And Won A Dash Of $70 Million Lotto Jackpot
July 2, 2002
James Quinton was a man in a hurry. He was on his way home to change his clothes for a wedding and was running late. Not too late though to stop and buy a Diet Coke and five-dollars-worth of Lotto Texas tickets. That decision gave Quinton a reason to dash into Texas Lottery headquarters. His ticket is one of five jackpot-winning ones from the Lotto Texas drawing held Saturday, June 22, worth $70 million.
The first four lines of numbers were all birthdays and anniversaries, said James Quinton, the Pearland Lotto Texas winner who today picked up his $8.5 million share of the $70 million June 22 jackpot. We were in such a hurry that I marked the last line of numbers without even thinking. And that turned out to be the line of winning numbers. Quinton declined to say where he works, but allowed that it was while he was at his job the next morning at 5:30 that he discovered his slap-dash choice of numbers had made a millionaire out of him.
He stopped at the store across the street from the store where he bought his tickets because its on the way to work, picked up a winning numbers printout and went on. I pulled the numbers out of my pocket, looked at them and told one of my co-workers that I had left something in the car, Quinton said. Really, Id gone out there to look at the numbers again and call my wife. She started crying.
The new winner says he hasnt thought long enough about it to decide how hes going to celebrate winning or what hes going to do.
I know Im not quitting work, he said. I love what I do, even though my wife thinks I spend way too much time there. Shes not quitting her job either.
The identity of the Pearland winner has been a mystery to locals since the night of the drawing. Nobody had figured it out, except an intrepid reporter from KHOU-TV who dogged the winners trail until he talked to her, though he would not speak on the record or go on camera.
The only people who knew were my parents, my in-laws, my sister and my sister-in-law and their husbands, Quinton said. And nobody said anything, but they can after today.
There were five winning tickets with the Cash Value Option for this drawing, and each will receive a share in the same amount as Quinton.
Houstco Tech Inc., 1601 E Broadway, sold the ticket in Pearland. For selling the prize-winning ticket, the store is eligible to receive $100,000 for selling one of the five jackpot-winning Lotto Texas tickets.
He has requested minimum publicity.
The winning combination of numbers Quinton hurriedly filled
(For a financial breakdown of this win, see the July 11, 2002 winners story.)
Austin Lotto Texas Winner Picks Up
Friday, June 28, 2002
Shawn Pitts of Austin received a check in the amount of $8,502,425.00, his share of the estimated $70 million Lotto Texas for the drawing on Saturday, June 22.
The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased with a Cash Value Option, which gives the winners the net present value of the jackpot, approximately half of the advertised jackpot.
There were five winning tickets with the Cash Value Option for this drawing, and each will receive a share in the same amount as Pitts.
Stop n Go #2069, 933 E. Rundberg Lane, sold the ticket in Austin. For selling the prize-winning ticket, the store is eligible to receive a bonus of one percent of the advertised jackpot, not to exceed $500,000. Stop n Go is eligible to receive $100,000.
The winner said he has played Lotto Texas only twice in his life, the first time being seven years ago. The first line of numbers on his $10-worth of tickets carried the winning numbers.
Pitts requested minimum publicity.
Chester Brown of Sherman was the first claimant to collect his money. He received his prize on Wednesday. His story is below this one.
The winning numbers were 16-11-02-13-34-26.
For a financial breakdown of this win, see the July 11, 2002 winners story.
Sherman Lotto Texas Winner Says He's Too
June 26, 2002
Chester Brown is proof of the saying, "You can't keep a good man down." The 80-year-old Sherman resident told lottery officials he plans to keep working at Lamberth Texaco, even though he claimed his share of the estimated $70 million Lotto Texas jackpot from the Saturday, June 22, drawing. Brown, who chose the Cash Value Option payment, will receive $8,502,425.
"I'm too young to quit now," Brown said. "I have to do something."
Brown worked for the retailer owner, Chapman Oil Company, for 14 years before retiring the first time. He went back to work for the company a little over a year ago at the Sherman store, after his wife of 55 years passed away.
"I've set up a living trust in her name," Brown told officials. "Two churches, a women's crisis center, the Denison shelter and a veteran's center will benefit from my win."
Brown purchased his jackpot winning ticket at Lamberth Texaco on Friday, June 21. His ticket was one of five winning tickets for the $70 million jackpot, and was the only one purchased before the day of the drawing. The retailer, located at 2510 Highway 75 south, is eligible to receive a bonus of $100,000.
"The boss called me up to congratulate me," said Brown. "He said, 'Chester, I can't believe it.' That's what everyone is saying, and I keep saying, 'I don't have anything to show for it yet.' "
Brown explained that he purchased 250 tickets for the Saturday night drawing.
"I don't usually play like that, but I just had a feeling about it," he said. "The next morning I showed up at work like usual, and heard that a winning ticket had been purchased at the store. I didn't have my tickets with me so I went back home and brought them back. It turned out to be the second ticket we looked at, and the winning numbers were on the second line.
I won about $20 on the rest of my tickets," he added.
Brown said he doesn't have many other plans for his new found wealth. He said he is buying a new Lincoln Town Car (dark blue top and light blue body) and maybe a new recliner.
"For me and my dog, 'Little Guy'," he said. "Maybe he'll let me sit in it. He's a little spoiled."
Brown explained that his little black poodle, which he's had for six years, is a finicky eater. "He likes French fries, but only from Whataburger. And he'll only eat in the living room. I wouldn't sell him for the amount I'm getting today."
Brown arrived at Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin with his manager, Dawn Maxey. According to Brown, "she's my right arm, helps me with everything."
As of today, there are still four winning tickets remaining to be claimed at Lottery headquarters. One ticket was purchased in Austin at the Stop N Go, located at 933 E. Rundberg Lane. One ticket was purchased in Longview, at the Stop & Shop, located at 5003 Estes Parkway. A ticket was purchased in Pearland at Housco Tech Inc., located at 1601 East Broadway. The last ticket was purchased in Terrell at McDonald's Fuel Station at I-20 Hiran Road, Exit 509. There has been no word from the ticketholder(s) for the Terrell ticket.
Sales for Saturday's estimated jackpot amount were actually higher than expected, therefore pushing the payout amount to $74, 226,172. This makes the third highest Lotto Texas jackpot won by players since the game's inception in November 1992. The record Lotto Texas jackpot was $85 million won in March 2001, by an Austin police officer.
When asked how it felt to be a winner for one the largest Lotto jackpots, Brown said, "It won't change me a bit. I'll just get to work a little later now."
The numbers drawn were 16-11-02-13-34-26.
For a financial breakdown of this win, see the July 11, 2002 winners story.
Family Doesn't Need Any Convincing
May 24, 2002
It only took Glenn Creswell of Denison a few moments to convince his wife and other family members they had won the $22 million Lotto Texas jackpot prize from the drawing held on May 15. The eight member group, Creswell-Clan, JV, claimed the jackpot prize today and will take home $12,117,133.60. The jackpot-winning ticket was purchased with the Cash Value Option, which pays out approximately half of the estimated jackpot.
"I'm not the kind to joke around," Creswell said. "I told them all, 'We won,' and they all believed me right away."
Creswell explained he was reading The Dallas Morning News the morning after the drawing, and saw there was a sole winning ticket for the Lotto Texas jackpot purchased in Howe.
"Once I saw one person in Howe had won, I was pretty optimistic enough to know it was me. I figured I better get the tickets out of the pickup," he said. "I finished breakfast, read the numbers, cleaned up my mess, and then went and woke up the family."
Creswell, purchased the winning Quick Pick ticket with money the group had won from a previous drawing. He purchased $46 worth of Quick Pick tickets. The matching 6-of-6 ticket purchased at Passport #47, located at 100 North Collins Freeway in Howe. The retail owner is eligible to receive a bonus of one percent or $220,000, for selling the winning Lotto ticket.
When asked if he had any immediate plans, Creswell explained he retired from the construction industry right away. "I called my boss and told him, 'I won the lottery and I'm hanging it up.' I've been retired for six days now, and I've been trying to get to Austin all this time to collect our money.
"We've bought some new cars and my wife and I are going to buy a new house," he added. "Beyond that, we haven't given it any thought, although I might get some traveling in and make it as far as Dallas some day."
The ages of the group members range from 37 to 67 years old. The Creswell-Clan, JV group is made up of Glenn Creswell, his wife, their children and other family members. Creswell explained he had been playing Lotto Texas since the inception of the game.
Quick Pick Ticket Turns Out Lucky Lotto Texas Numbers
May 10, 2002
You just never know which numbers are going to be selected every Wednesday and Saturday night for the Lotto Texas drawing. But, if you're like John Melton of Burkburnett, you don't want to take any chances. That's why Melton says he buys some tickets with numbers he's chosen, and then buys some extra Quick Pick tickets for good measure. And recently one of those Quick Pick tickets ended up with the winning six-number Lotto combination.
"I just had an urge to get some more tickets," Melton explained. "So I went and bought $7 worth of Quick Pick tickets. The first thing I noticed about the numbers I got was that one of them, 13, is one I pick myself on my other tickets. That's my lucky number."
He bought the two Quick Picks on his grandson's six-month birthday, which just happens to be the same day as the Lotto Texas drawing when his ticket matched all six numbers drawn. The numbers were 10-11-13-25-35-39.
"Not only did he buy them on our grandson's birthday, but some of the other numbers had significance also," said Melton's wife, Barbara.
The two explained that the number "10" was the day of Barbara's birthday - December 10. The number "11" was John's mother's birthday - March 11. The number "35" is the age of their youngest son, and the number "39" is the age of their oldest son.
Melton explained when he read in the Wichita Falls Times Record News that one of two winning Lotto tickets had been sold in the Wichita Falls area, he recognized the retailer name and the numbers looked very familiar to him.
"At first when I read the paper I thought, 'I wish that had been me,' " said Melton. "Then I recognized the store name. I went out to my truck to get those Quick Pick tickets and look at the numbers. They were the same. I got real nervous and thought, 'This is for real.' "
Melton said he called his wife at home and told her not to go anywhere.
"I could tell something was up," she said. "When he got home, the first thing he asked was, 'what's the prettiest thing you've ever seen besides me?' I told him, 'Our grandson.' He then showed me the ticket and the newspaper and I didn't believe what I was seeing. He's always trying to pull tricks on me so I thought it was a joke."
The two called their youngest son at home to tell him the good news, and their oldest son happened to be there also. "They told their dad that they would believe anything he ever told them now," said Barbara.
Melton held one of the two jackpot-winning Lotto tickets from the drawing held April 24, 2002, worth an estimated $17 million.About 70 of their closest friends traveled to Texas Lottery headquarters to help the CJ & BARBARA MELTON FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP celebrate their $4.7 (should have been $4,726,901) million Lotto Texas jackpot prize.
"You would've thought the whole town had won," Barbara said. "We're very fortunate that we have people who care so much for us. We have a lovely group of friends and we wanted to share this with everyone."
The winning ticket was purchased at K-C Oil #6, located at 2906 Central Expressway in Wichita Falls. The retailer is eligible for a bonus of one-percent - $85,000 - for selling the jackpot-winning Lotto ticket.
The other jackpot winning ticket was purchased in Paris at Food Fast #95, at 707 Bonham Street. The 17 members of the Sesame Solutions Lottery Trust claimed their $4.7 million prize on April 30.
"I'm still having trouble believing it," Melton said. "It's so unreal, strange."
Gun Barrel City Lotto Texas Winner Ready To "Drown Some Worms"
May 3, 2002
Bonnie J. Foster won the $34 million Lotto Texas jackpot on April 6, and her short-term plans for herself include going to the creek bed in Gun Barrel City to "go drown some worms."
"I won't be changing my life much," Foster said. "About the most I'll do is find myself another place to live, but I definitely plan to get some fishing in, maybe even get a massage."
Foster is a 64-year-old mother of one son and one daughter. She says her very first step after collecting today's prize will be to help her son, Virgil Hutchins, 38, get to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Hutchins has been diagnosed with a pancreatic cancer.
"He's getting a referral from the doctor and he'll be on his way by next week," she said. "He won't have to worry about his medical bills."
Her daughter, Debbie Lemon, 42, had the pleasure of informing her mother that one of her five Quick Pick tickets had all the numbers.
"Of course, I didn't believe her and I asked her on how many different rows of numbers my numbers could be found," she said.
Her daughter pointed out to her that they were all together, "like little peas in a pod."
Like other Lotto Texas players, Foster says she doesn't play until the jackpot gets "interesting," which to her means that it reaches $10 million or above.
"And like every other time, nothing came to me about buying tickets," she said. "I didn't feel anything out of the ordinary, nothing slapped me upside head. I gave my daughter the five dollars and told her to buy them. That was it."
Once she realized she had the big winner, Foster put the ticket in a Texas Lottery playslip wallet that she happened to have with her and hid it inside her grandfather clock at home. The next day she put the ticket in a safety deposit box.
Gun Barrel City is not a large place; the population is less than 10,000. But its luck makes up for its size. It didn't take long for the news to get out that Foster was the winner. Add to that the fact that the store that sold the winning ticket had sold a $24 million jackpot winner in March of 2001, and Gun Barrel City had a buzz going to rival a bee colony.
The Food Fast #63 at 2209 West Main is eligible to receive $340,000 for duplicating its feat of the previous year.
Foster chose the Cash Value Option and received $18.6 million from the Lottery today.
She and her family said they plan to celebrate quietly, including plans to go to Disneyland later this year.
"I've always wanted to go and now I've got the chance to take all of us," Foster said. "I've got six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one on the way, and I'm sure some of them will be going with me."
The new Lotto millionaire said her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will never have to worry about paying for college either. "That's been taken care of," she said.
Until eight years ago, Foster was employed by Merry Maids. She said she hurt her back and was unable to return to work.
Foster also noted that as a child during the Depression she worked in the fields with her parents, who were sharecroppers.
The winning numbers were 3-41-25-50-52-27.
Blame $4.7 Million Lotto Texas Win
April 30, 2002
Today, the 17-member group of Sesame Solutions Lottery Trust of Paris arrived at the Texas Lottery Commission to claim their $4,726,901 jackpot prize from the drawing held April 24, worth an estimated $17 million. Each member of the group will receive a gross amount of $278,053 then they will owe taxes on their winnings.
"There'll be a shortage of sesame seeds on buns this week," said Glenn Smith, spokesperson for Sesame Solutions Lottery Trust. "The whole company will be shut down while we're in Austin."
The trust is mostly made up of co-workers from Sesame Solutions. The company is the only sesame seed processing plant in the U.S. for the baking industry. Some in the group have worked together for almost 20 years. Smith, Vice-President of Sesame Solutions, told lottery officials that the group found out about the jackpot-winning ticket the morning following the drawing. Group member Barbara Gilliam called a local lottery retailer to get the winning numbers, and then checked the group's tickets. She began calling people with the news that one of the tickets had matched all six numbers.
"Total shock at first, then no one believed us," said Gilliam. "They eventually did."
"I knew as soon as Barbara called to tell me," Smith said. "I had such a strong feeling the day before about winning. This couldn't have gone to a better group. Of course, I can say that because I'm a part of it (the trust)."
The ticket was purchased at Food Fast #95, located at 707 Bonham Street in Paris. The retailer is eligible to receive a bonus of one-percent - $85,000 - for selling a jackpot-winning Lotto Texas ticket.
"A lot of us are going to do some home improvements or buy new homes," said Smith. "We'll spend some, save some, and give some. One thing, this group is going to be smart about this. I'm sure most of this money will stay in Paris, because that's where we're from."
The ticket was one of two winning Lotto tickets for the drawing. The other ticket was bought at K-C Oil #6, located at 2906 Central Expressway in Wichita Falls. The retailer is also eligible for a bonus of $85,000. Both jackpot-winning tickets were purchased with the Cash Value Option, which will net the winner(s) $4,726,901.
"The only thing I want to say, 'Jerry, I need a VIP pass for (Dallas Cowboys) training camp this year. Thank you,'" said David Harris, a Sesame Solutions Lottery Trust member.
As of today, the second jackpot-winning Lotto ticket from the April 24 drawing has not yet been claimed.
The winning numbers drawn were: 10-11-13-25-35-39.
Texas Two Step Winner
April 26, 2002
Danny Letterman can finally start getting some sleep. Today, the 34-year-old Andrews resident collected his $1.25 million Texas Two Step jackpot prize from the drawing held on April 17.
"It's only been since this past Monday that I've gotten to sleep all the way through the night," said Letterman. "It's been crazy."
Letterman and his wife, Lori, told lottery officials they typically choose their numbers, however, when it came time to buy their tickets for the drawing, Lori couldn't find the playslip they had marked.
"We got $5 worth of Quick Picks instead," Letterman explained. "We like to play when the jackpot gets high."
The two were at home the evening of the Texas Two Step drawing, and Letterman explained his wife was watching the drawing on KWES-TV (Midland), but missed the Bonus Ball number.
"We pulled up the lottery website and checked the numbers there," Lori said. "He still didn't believe it though, and so we went down to the store and asked the retailer for the numbers also." Letterman added, "We walked out of there real quietly when we saw the results."
The Lettermans purchased their winning ticket at One Stop Food #3, at Northwest 11th Street and West Broad in Andrews. The retailer is eligible to receive a bonus of $10,000 for selling the Texas Two Step jackpot winning ticket.
There have been 99 total drawings of which 36 of those 99 drawings were won. Of those 36 wins, players held 49 jackpot winning tickets since the game began. Letterman makes the 49th Texas Two Step jackpot winner since the game began in May 2001. The April 17 drawing marked the seventh time the Texas Two Step jackpot has reached more than $1 million.
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