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Shy Guy Claims $10 Million

Nov 5, 2003 - Wayne Schwartz doesn't say a whole lot, most of the time. Now, however, he has to speak to nearly everybody in Winters, population 2,880. That's because they can't stop congratulating him for having the ticket that matches all five numbers and the Bonus Ball for the Lotto Texas drawing on October 1, when the jackpot was an estimated $10 million.

How could they not know who he is? News travels at the speed of light in a small town. And, he's been photographed in the Winters Enterprise and the Abilene Reporter-News at least once. He's also been mentioned several other times in other news items.

He is a shy guy, though. His mother, Virginia, confirmed that he has said almost nothing to the local media and that he did, indeed, decline to enter the West Dale Grocery Store when he learned a reporter was in there waiting for him. He couldn't get away from the one reporter he spoke with, and that was only because she is his cousin.

Schwartz came to claim his prize today. Like many winners who pass through the doors at Lottery headquarters in Austin, Schwartz said he was incredulous at first about having won.

"I just couldn't believe it," Schwartz said. "I got coffee at the West Dale Grocery, and that's when I learned that somebody bought the winning ticket in that store. I made a copy of my ticket, brought it back to the store, and saw that the numbers matched."

Even after he knew his ticket had the six important numbers, he still went to work at Mac Oilfield. First, though, he stopped at home and made his sister, Cathy, take care of the ticket.
Schwartz later put the ticket in a bank in Wingate, but then moved it to a newer, more convenient bank in his hometown of Winters. "It gets you a little paranoid," he said.

While the new winner doesn't have big plans for himself, he's already purchased a 2004 Buick Park Avenue Prestige for his mother. He also plans to pay for his two grandchildren's college expenses.

"The one thing I know is that I won't be getting as dirty, whatever I do," Schwartz said. "I might even retire from the oilfield."

Schwartz chose the Cash Value Option, which makes his prize $6,351,857, before taxes. He selected the numbers based on a combination of randomly-selected numbers and the birthdays of his grandchildren.

The West Dale Grocery in Winters sold Schwartz the ticket and is eligible to receive a bonus of one-percent of the advertised jackpot, which comes to $100,000.

The numbers on the winning ticket were 14-23-26-33-38 Bonus 42.


Oct 8, 2003 - New Jersey - The lucky owner of a Mega Millions ticket sold in Monmouth County has won the top prize of $12 million for the drawing held on Tuesday, October 7, 2003. The Mega Millions jackpot now resets to $10 million for the drawing to be held on Friday, October 10, 2003.

New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Virginia Bauer said the ticket was the only ticket sold for Tuesday's drawing that matched all six numbers drawn. The winning numbers were: 01, 02, 22, 40, 41 and the Gold Mega Ball number was 43.

The winner selected the annuity value of the jackpot, payable in 25 annual installments, of 461,000, less the 25% mandatory federal withholding tax. The initial annuity payment is $475,000.
(They are "guaranteeing" the "advertisied" jackpot of $12 million and paying that amount - not the amount that is in the prize pool. Based on recent sales, my opinion is that the Mega Millions group does not have enough allotted from sales to cover this win. I estimate they have approx $5.5 million but it will require approx $6.5 million to purchase the securities. They will pull from reserve. Mega Millions starts their jackpots at $10 Million even though sales may not justify that prize amount. This is just like Texas does when they start the jackpots at $4 million - if there is a winner, Texas does not have sufficient funds from "draw sales" to pay the winner. They rob Peter to pay Paul ... so to speak! )

"This is great news. Not only did a New Jersey player win the grand prize, but we had three players who won $5,000 for matching four numbers and the Gold Mega Ball. This is a really exciting time in New Jersey," Bauer said.

The winner, who has yet to come forward, is urged to sign the back of the ticket and then contact the New Jersey Lottery immediately at (609) 599-5875.

The previous Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold in New Jersey was March 14, 2003. That ticket was worth $42 million.

In addition to the top prize, Bauer reported that more than 25,000 New Jersey players took home more than $136,000 in prizes ranging from $150.00 to $2.00.

The winning ticket, a Quick Pick selection, was sold at Rick's Wine & Liquor, 2832 West Bangs Avenue in Neptune, Monmouth County.

Army Staff Sergeant Wins $150 Million Mega Millions Jackpot ($88.9 Million) to Become
Largest Georgia Lottery Winner

October 01, 2003 - ATLANTA – Stephen Moore, a 30-year-old Army staff sergeant stationed in South Korea, correctly selected the numbers for Tuesday’s (9/30) Mega Millions drawing and became the largest winner in Georgia Lottery history. There was one winning ticket sold for Tuesday's drawing, worth an annuitized $150 million. Mr. Moore selected the cash option, which amounted to approximately $88.9 million before taxes.

"It’s always exciting when a Mega Millions jackpot ticket is purchased in Georgia," said Georgia Lottery Corporation Interim President and CEO Cathy Walls. "Just as exciting is knowing how much Georgia's students are gaining through the educational programs we fund."

The winning numbers for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing were: 2-26-37-40-46 and the Mega Ball was 49. The Quik Pik ticket was purchased at Flash Foods #0155, located at 603 N. Grant St. in Fitzgerald.

Mr. Moore was visiting family in Fitzgerald while on a 30-day military leave. Before leaving South Korea, he predicted to friends that he would win the lottery while in the United States.

Mr. Moore was out with his brother Tuesday night when his wife, Danielle, also an Army staff sergeant, checked the Mega Millions draw results on the Internet. She discovered that they held the winning ticket and met her husband in the yard with the good news. "She came out the door, and I thought I was in trouble," Mr. Moore jokes. "She said, 'Guess what, we won the lottery!'"

They went inside and "that’s when the comedy show started," says Moore. The family celebrated and called other relatives to inform them of their great fortune. Mr. Moore looks forward to taking care of his family. "I told my mom to go ahead and quit work," he shares. In addition, he plans to build a dream home for his wife and two daughters. According to Mrs. Moore, they were married by a justice of the peace and now she plans to enjoy a dream wedding.

Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus payment. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold in Georgia, the retailers selling the winning tickets will share the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus. Flash Foods will receive the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia. Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $6 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program; a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds; and a wide range of technological and capital upgrades for the state’s schools, technical institutes, colleges, universities and public libraries.

The 10 states sold approx 281 million tickets in those 15 draws. Out of that, the winner received $88.9 million - then he will pay taxes on the $88.9 million (you can just imagine how much that is) - and 47.6 million was won in the low tier prizes. As you can see, the government does well running lotteries and please note, this is not "50% of sales" that is "suppose" to be returned to the players. This is because of the "guaranteed prizes." If the game offers "guaranteed prizes," how can they insure that 50% of sales is returned to the players?

The higher the jackpot, the more people spend chasing that dream. See how sales increased with each draw in the roll .... Click here. And don't forget to consider how much money left the 9 losing states economy.

Also, notice that the press release says that he "correctly selected the numbers" then it says he bought a "Quik Pik." Gee, which was it? Lastly, notice that he claimed his prize the day after the draw. Was he not advised to seek financial & legal help before collecting this money?

Houston Accountant Nets $9.8 Million

September 19, 2003 - This is the beginning of a big weekend for Benjamin B. Catchings. The Houston accountant has his 53rd birthday on Sunday and attends his 35th high school class reunion in Lancaster, Pennsylvania tomorrow. It all starts today when Catchings officially becomes a millionaire by claiming the $16 million Lotto Texas jackpot from last Saturday night. He selected the Cash Value Option, so his prize is worth more than $9.8 million.

Catchings said he plans to bring all those events together in a big way.

"I'm going to make sure I have a photo of myself with the oversized Texas Lottery check that says $9,895,177 on it to show at my reunion Saturday night in Lancaster, since I don't have anything else to prove it," he said. "When they have the part of the reunion that features the person who traveled the farthest to get there, I'm going to say 'By the way, this photo of me was taken yesterday.' "

Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Reagan E. Greer said it's not often that a jackpot winner figures out his own taxes before getting here.

"As a 16-year accountant for ExxonMobil, Ben took care of his own financial affairs before today, which most of our winners have someone else do," Greer said. "Now it's on to Pennsylvania to wow his old pals with his good fortune and have a fantastic birthday with friends and family."

Catchings was still in bed Monday morning listening to the "Weaver and Dana Show" on "Sunny 99.1 FM" when he heard them say that someone purchased the Lotto ticket with the correct six numbers at Kellogg Tower in downtown Houston.

"I thought to myself 'No, it can't be,' so I went to the Lottery Web site to see what the numbers were," he said. "There they were. I kept thinking that there had to be something not right with my ticket, but once I figured out that I had THE ticket, I started hollering and jumping up and down. I'm surprised my neighbors didn't call the authorities."

Catchings told his friends that he had the winning ticket, but almost all of them didn't believe him. His family, however, did.

"My mother is already car-shopping, and John, one of my brothers, flew down to be with me," he said. "Everyone in my family is really excited and happy for me."

What's next for the new Lotto millionaire?

"I'm taking a six-month leave of absence from the company, which they generously offered me," Catchings said. "I'm planning to buy a pair of Harley-Davidson motorcycles for my son and me, and we're going to ride across the country, see America first!"

Catchings says he's going Down Under, too.

"I've always wanted to see the Great Barrier Reef," he said. "I'll probably go scuba diving once I'm there. I also plan to visit Ireland, another place I've always wanted to see."

Once he returns to ExxonMobil from his travels, Catchings plans to continue working until he's eligible for retirement in two years.

"By then, I hope to have traveled enough so I can pick a place to live," he said. "Then I'll probably do something different from what I'm doing now, maybe teach or something else that will allow me to give back to my community."

A fan of multi-draw, Catchings bought tickets for 10 consecutive drawings, selecting his own numbers rather than using Quick Pick.

MW Kellogg Tower Cards & Gifts, 601 Jefferson, in downtown Houston, sold the ticket. The retailer is eligible to receive a bonus of one percent of the advertised jackpot, which comes to $160,000.

The winning numbers were 13-34-31-26-9 Bonus 19.

Persistence Pays Off For Hebbronville Brothers Who Win $8.7 Million

(Austin, September 5) - A long-standing agreement between five brothers from Hebbronville finally reached the much-desired and fruitful conclusion. The five South Texas Morales siblings - Benjamin, Noe, David, Eduardo (Chacho) and Eddie--won a Lotto Texas Cash Value Option prize of $8,784,752 on August 20 after faithfully buying tickets since 1997. The advertised jackpot was $15 million. They claimed their prize as Five Morales Brothers, Ltd., Benjamin Morales, General Partner.

"The family that plays together, wins together, you could say, about the Morales brothers," said Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Reagan E. Greer. "These gentlemen stuck to their agreement, pooled their money every week, designated a no-fail ticket buyer, and it got them the ultimate prize that they plan to share. This, of course, is a big deal for them, but it's also big for the town of Hebbronville because this is the first Lotto Texas winner from there. The Morales brothers won a great prize and put Hebbronville on the Lotto Texas map."

Hebbronville, with a population of approximately 4,500, is located 56 miles east of Laredo.

Benjamin Morales purchased five Quick Pick tickets at Fandangos Food Store from a long-time employee of the store, Aminta Arredondo. He found out the next evening when he returned from work that the ticket that matched the numbers drawn was sold in his town. He called his brothers to meet at his house that same night.

Benjamin has been a truck driver more than 20 years. David, Eduardo (Chacho) and Eddie are all carpenters. Noe works for a refinery in Corpus Christi. They were accompanied by Noe's three daughters, Rita, Lina and Noela, as well as their wives: Sylvia (Benjamin); Benilde (David); Hope (Eddie); Esperanza (Eduardo/Chacho); and Aurora (Noe).

While none of the brothers wanted to speak individually, the five issued a brief statement saying they had all "worked hard all their lives and are appreciative of the miracle that has been bestowed upon them." They also expressed their gratitude to the citizens of Hebbronville for their appreciation and kindness.

Fandangos Food Store is located at 313 S. Smith in Hebbronville. The retailer is eligible to receive a prize that equals one percent of the advertised jackpot of $15 million as a bonus for selling the ticket that matched the winning numbers.

Benjamin Morales, Jr. one of Benjamin Morales' sons, contributed to this news release.

Up to now, the highest Texas Lottery prize won in Hebbronville was $10,000. That occurred 10 years ago. The winner was an uncle of the Morales brothers.

The winning numbers were 4-11-14-36-41 Bonus 25.


Eagle Lake Winners Collect $47 Million

(Austin, September 3) - Bryon Woods had to talk his wife Barbara into selling him just five more Quick Picks for the Wednesday, July 30, Lotto Texas drawing. Today, that decision paid off. The winner, BAW Investment Trust of Eagle Lake, claimed the $47 million Lotto Texas jackpot, the largest jackpot to date for the new Lotto Texas game. The jackpot winning ticket also marks the first sold in the Eagle Lake community.

"My sister called the next morning, and asked if I had heard that a winning ticket had been sold at J & K's. I had to wake Barbara up to get the tickets out of her purse." said Woods, representing BAW Investment Trust. "I got on the computer to check it out, and saw my numbers matched. I started screaming and hollering, 'We're millionaires, we're millionaires.' "

The ticket was purchased with the 25-year annuity option, and the trust will receive an initial payment of $2,926,097.96, with $1,958,000 to follow on the 15th of every July for the next 24 years.

Woods purchased the ticket at J & K's Corner Inc., located at 1601 East Main Street in Eagle Lake. The retail owner, Kenneth Kainer is eligible to receive a bonus of $470,000 for selling the jackpot winning ticket.

"We both started crying," Woods said. "There have been a thousand things we wanted to do since we won. Those have changed, I mean, you think of things every day."

"We're happy to finally meet the winner of our largest jackpot to date with the new Lotto Texas game," said Reagan E. Greer, Executive Director of the Texas Lottery Commission. "We had more than 160,000 winning tickets for that particular drawing, and paid out more than $1.1 million in cash prizes other than today's recipient."

According to the Woodses', they're planning a trip to Las Vegas, but not much beyond that. "We're taking it day by day," Barbara said.

Austin Cash Five Player Collects $11,705

(Austin, August 22) - Ed Dantzer of Austin bought three Cash Five tickets for Thursday night’s drawing, playing birthdays of his two sons, his grandson and himself. He won the top prize of $11,705 for matching five numbers, another $115 for matching four numbers, and $9 for matching only three numbers.

“This means three times the fun for Mr. Dantzer and his Cash Five tickets,” said Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Reagan E. Greer. “This is a rare occurrence for a winner in a single drawing. We’ve searched our game files for a twin occurrence and the closest thing we found was where players won two prize categories in the same drawing. This may prove to be a first for us.”

Dantzer said he thought something was wrong with the ticket when he saw his numbers in the Austin American-Statesman. “You know, it is pure disbelief when this kind of thing happens,” he said. “I read those numbers and immediately thought that it couldn’t be, that there had to be something wrong somewhere and that it was probably with my ticket. I finally realized what had happened, but it took me a while.”

The Pennsylvania native said this unusual win isn’t so unusual for him. “In the first three weeks of the Pennsylvania Lottery, I played the numbers of my home address and won each time because different combinations of 933 were drawn,” he said. “The way this win happened is a little strange, too.”

Dantzer will use his winnings to visit Pennsylvania next month for his father’s 90th birthday. “Every year, I go to Tahoe with a group of friends at Super Bowl time,” he said. “This prize will make that trip a lot more fun next January.” Dantzer bought his ticket at Manchaca Food Mart, 5304 Manchaca Road in Austin. The store is eligible to receive a bonus of $117.05, one-percent of the top prize.

The winning numbers were 28-29-6-12-9.

Winner Claims $1 Million Weekly Grand Ticket

(Austin, August 15) - According to Carlos Ambriz, Jr., of Cameron, he has quite a bit of luck when he purchases his instant tickets at Diamond Shamrock stores. That routine paid off for him, since today, he collected more than $1 million, before taxes, at lottery headquarters in Austin - his prize for winning on the Weekly Grand scratch-off game.

"I always buy my gasoline at Texaco and my tickets at Diamond Shamrock stores," Ambriz explained. "I just find that I seem to have much better luck when I've bought them at Diamond Shamrock stores."

He purchased this top-prize winning ticket at One Stop Grocery, located at Highway 79 and North Main in Thorndale. The retailer is eligible to receive a bonus of $10,000 for selling the winning scratch-off game.

"I bought three tickets when I stopped on Saturday, August 9, and I scratched them the next morning at home," Ambriz said. "When I saw I had won, I put the ticket in our Bible, and later put it in a safety deposit box. I haven't eaten much since then either. I think I'm nervous."

"We're certainly happy that Mr. Ambriz came in so quickly to get his prize. I hope the first thing he does with a little of his winnings is go buy himself, and his wife, a nice dinner to celebrate," said Reagan E. Greer, Executive Director of the Texas Lottery Commission.

"It's great to hear how many players, like Mr. Ambriz, really love the Weekly Grand instant game. It's been one of the Texas Lottery's most popular games for eight years now, and has produced 61 top-prize winners," he added. (But Mr. Greer fails to say that the TLC's printed a total of 612,492,250 Weekly Grand tickets and out of all those, approx. 65 tickets were $1 million prize winning tickets. See breakdown next.)

The Weekly Grand scratch-off has been issued a total of 11 times since its launch in 1995. Below is the game number for each of the 11 games and the pertinent data that should be of interest to you.

#48 & #67 - 279,840,000 Printed - approx 26 $1 Million prizes
#134 - 50,000,000 Printed - 6 $1 Million prizes
#162 & #173 - 125,000,000 Printed - 15 $1 Million prizes
#229 - 25,814,500 Printed - 3 $1 Million prizes
#246 - 25,590,000 Printed - 3 $1 Million prizes
#248 - 25,699,750 Printed - 3 $1 Million prizes
#309 - 30,163,750 Printed - 3 $1 Million prizes
#326 - 25,184,250 Printed - 3 $1 Million prizes
#386 - 25,200,000 Printed - 3 $1 Million prizes

Noteworthy - When game #326 began, all three top prizes for game #309 were still unclaimed.

Did you know that scratch tickets accounts for 68% of the total lottery revenues to the state? And they won't disclose how many tickets are printed. Just recently they started including how many prizes there were for each ticket on the "sell-in-sheets" found in the stores. But the promotional piece still does not include how many tickets were printed. Now you see why!

If you would like to know how many tickets were printed, how many top prizes there were and how many are still unclaimed for your favorite scratch game, just click here, print it and review it. It covers all current games, those coming up, and those that you'd better collect on before they expire. (a pdf file - 3 pages.)

Georgia Resident Wins $50 Million - Mega Millions

ATLANTA – Richard Mika, his wife Robin and their two daughters arrived at the Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and became Georgia's largest Mega Millions winners to date. There was one winning ticket sold for Friday's (8/8) Mega Millions drawing, worth an annuitized $50 million. Mr. Mika selected the cash option, which amounted to more than $28 million before taxes.

"It's exciting to have another winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold in Georgia," said Rebecca Paul, president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

The winning numbers for Friday's Mega Millions drawing were 6-9-35-40-43 and the Mega Ball was 42. The Quik Pik ticket was purchased by Richard at Derenne 7-11, located at 1300 East Derenne Avenue in Savannah on Friday (8/8).

Richard was remodeling his home, Saturday morning, when he decided to call the Georgia Lottery hotline to check his numbers for Friday's drawing. "At first I thought I had won $2 for matching the Mega Ball number. It wasn't until I checked the numbers that I had written down that I realized I matched them all," said Richard. "I keep waiting for someone to pinch me and tell me I'm dreaming."

Mr. Mika, an employee with the City of Savannah Water Department, and his family, reside in Savannah, GA. According to the lucky winners they plan on purchasing a couple of new cars and a new home.

Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus payment. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold in Georgia, the retailers selling the winning tickets will share the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus. Derenne 7-11 will receive the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.

Back-To-Back Winners Claim $1,000,000
In "Classic" Scratch Game

(Austin, August 12) - For the second day in a row, someone came to Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin with a ticket for the top cash-prize in the $1,000,000 Classic scratch-off game.

"We had a new millionaire in yesterday from Normangee and today, it's great to congratulate our latest winner from Victoria," said Reagan E. Greer, Executive Director of the Texas Lottery Commission. "Lillian Louise Threadgill is the sixth winner of this very popular game. There are eight one-million-dollar prizes in this game, so I get to look forward to meeting two more new millionaires."

Threadgill purchased her ticket at The 'Other' Store #1 in Victoria. The retail store owner is eligible to receive a bonus of $10,000 for selling the top-prize winning ticket. The store is located at 2407 Port Lavaca Highway.

Game #395, "$1,000,000 Classic," was introduced first on April 23, 2003 with 5,135,400 total tickets. Then they printed 3,055,350 more and began distribution of the second group on July 7, 2003. The cost of both tickets is $20. The number of winning and break even tickets from a total of 8,190,750 tickets are (the numbers in parentheses represents how many prizes there were in each group printed):
$1,000,000 - 8 prizes total (5 + 3)
$5,000 - 313 prizes total (198 + 115)
$500 - 7182 prizes total (4504 + 2678)
$350 - 14,328 prizes total (8995 + 5333)
$200 - 44,545 prizes total (27,930 + 81,476)
$100 - 109,210 prizes total (68,472 + 40,738)
$70 - 218,420 prizes total (136,944 + 81,476)
$40 - 436,840 prizes total (273,888 + 162,952)
$20 - 2,184,200 prizes total (1,369,440 + 814,760) - Break even tickets

Out of 8,190,750 total tickets printed, 830,846 were "winning tickets" while 2,184,200
were "break even tickets" and 5,175,704 were absolute losers. To see how many of these tickets remain unclaimed, click here. (pdf)

$1,000,000 Classic Winner Backtracks To Store
Couldn't Remember Locking Up For The Night

(Austin, August 11) - Carol Davis of Normangee got so excited about winning the top cash-prize with the Texas Lottery $1,000,000 Classic instant ticket, she got all the way home and couldn't remember if she had locked up the store doors at Biddle's Mobil where she had worked for five years.

"I just had a feeling about that ticket," Davis said. "I scratched it before leaving for the night, and it took a little while for me to realize what I was seeing. I went home to look at it under a magnifying glass, and then couldn't remember if I had locked up the store."

Davis asked her husband to make sure she was holding one of the $1,000,000 winning tickets.

"She said, 'I have something I need you to look at, and I need you to take me back to the store,' " Gene said. "When I saw the ticket, I told her, 'Yes ma'am, I believe it is (a winning ticket).' "

The retail storeowner of Biddle's Mobil is eligible to receive a bonus of $10,000 for selling the top-prize winning ticket. The store is located at 3rd and Main in Normangee.

"Carol makes the fifth winner with the Texas Lottery $1,000,000 Classic instant game," said Reagan E. Greer, Executive Director of the Texas Lottery Commission.

According to Davis, she and her husband have not made any big plans yet. "We might try to go through the Amish country some time though," Davis said.

Floresville Weekly Grand Winner Heads Into Retirement Sunset With A Load Of Cash

(Austin, August 1) - David Jenkins of Floresville had already planned to retire from his job at City Public Service (CPS) of San Antonio after more than 33 years on the job. But he spent his first official day of retirement today in a very unexpected way. He went to Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin to claim the top prize in the Weekly Grand Scratch-off game: $1,000 per week for 20 years.

"What better retirement send-off can you get than a bundle of cash?" asked Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Reagan E. Greer. "We'll be sending Mr. Jenkins a check for $1,000 per week for 20 years. That's $1,040,000, before taxes."

At the ceremonial check presentation, Jenkins recalled that when he stopped for barbecue at Lone Oak Grocery, he got a side of two Weekly Grand tickets.

"The clerk gave me two of the older Weekly Grand tickets, and I wanted some from the new game," said Jenkins. "But I learned a long time ago, don't turn it back.

"As I ate my lunch, I scratched the tickets and when I saw that 'GRAND' word, well, I almost fainted."

Jenkins quickly called his wife, Sally, who, naturally, was skeptical.

"She kept asking me, 'Are you sure?' " he said.

Jenkins said he hasn't any big plans for the money, except maybe to visit Las Vegas and do some traveling with his family.

"My part-time job now will be watching those checks come in every week," he added.

Mrs. Jenkins noted that the prize will allow them to spend more time together and enjoy their grandchildren.

"It makes the future a lot brighter," she said.

Lone Oak Grocery is located at 12195 Loop 107 in Adkins. The store is eligible to receive a bonus of one percent of the top prize, which comes to $10,000.

Texas Two Step Player Collects $1.1 Million Prize

(Austin, July 30) - The Texas Lottery Commission presented Avis Smith Gunnells of Houston a jackpot prize of $1.1 million. Gunnells held the sole jackpot winning Texas Two Step ticket for the drawing held on July 15. She received $825,000, after taxes.

Gunnells purchased her Quick Pick ticket at Handy Stop #82, located at 12050 ½ Beamer in Houston. The retail owner is eligible to receive a bonus of $10,000 for selling the top-prize winning ticket.

Ms. Gunnells is the ninth winner we've had to win a cash prize of a million dollars or more with Texas Two Step since its inception. As of Aug 13, 2003, there have been 234 drawings - 81 of those draws were won and 9 were above $1,000,000.

The numbers drawn were 25-10-32-26 Bonus 21.

Mystery Texas Two Step Winner Claims $1.1 Million
Ticket Sold In Clute

(Austin, July 25) - It's been the talk of this small Texas town since the drawing on June 6. Someone who bought a Texas Two Step ticket at the Kroger's in Clute, Texas, population 8,910, won a $1.1 million jackpot. The answer to: "Who is it?" came today, when James Scott Scruggs of Lake Jackson came to Lottery headquarters in Austin to claim the prize.

Scruggs will receive a check for $825,000, after taxes.

The winner knows there's been a lot of talk about the big prize in the small town, but he's kept a low profile.

"I'm a very private person," said Scruggs. "I am sharing the excitement of this with my family."

Scruggs' ticket was a Quick Pick and was the only one that matched all four numbers plus the Bonus Ball for the drawing on Friday, June 6.

The ticket was purchased at Kroger #109 on 101 Dixie Drive in Clute. The retail owner is eligible to receive a bonus of $10,000 for selling the top-prize winning ticket.

The little town of Clute has another big Texas Lottery winner. The Andrew C. and Rita G. LaSalle 1996 Family Trust won a $32.4 million jackpot for the Lotto Texas drawing on October 12, 1996. The trust receives more than $1.6 million every year for the ticket that was purchased at Salyer's Short Stop in Clute.

The winning numbers were 13-22-26-33 Bonus 25.


Houstonian Claims $37 Million Jackpot

(Austin, June 9) - In the hopes of funding a new school, David Kelly, 37, bought 20 Quick Pick tickets for Saturday's Lotto Texasdrawing for a $37 million jackpot. His matching ticket makes him the first winner of the new Lotto Texas game that was changed in May. Kelly claimed $24, 211,786, the Cash Value Option sum, at Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin.

Kelly, a Houston resident, said that while he occasionally plays Texas Lottery games, he intentionally bought 20 tickets for Saturday's drawing after learning more about the possibility of helping a few friends open a school in Houston.

"I told one of my friends that I needed to win the Lottery if I was going to be able to do something about opening a school," explained Kelly.

With his winnings, he said he hopes he'll be able to help the community and the children in that area.

Kelly purchased the winning ticket at Texas Star Stop, located at 15415 Eastex Fwy., in Humble. The retailer is eligible for a 1 percent bonus of $370,000 for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers were 31-06-25-05-44 Bonus 27.

$35 Million Lotto Texas Jackpot Claimed
By Spring Six Trust

(Austin, May 6) - The last jackpot winner from the old 6-of-54 Lotto Texas game claimed the $35 million jackpot from the drawing on April 23. The jackpot was claimed by Spring Six Trust, which was represented by Harry E. Clemonds, trustee. Clemonds presented the winning ticket at Texas Lottery Commission headquarters in Austin. The ticket was purchased with the Cash Value Option, making the prize worth $21,883,966, before taxes.

"The Spring Six Trust has earned a spot in Lotto Texas history," said Reagan E. Greer, Executive Director of the Texas Lottery Commission.

"This group of players won the last big jackpot using the 6-of-54 matrix," Greer explained. "They're a good example of the fun you can have playing Lotto Texas as a group."

The trust, from Kingwood, is made up of a group of friends who began playing the game with ten sets of numbers about a year ago. Each member of the group chose numbers from a jar to create the sets.

"Some of us were just sitting around one day and decided to go in together on the Lotto Texas drawings," said Clemonds. "It just seemed like a fun thing to do at the time."

It was Clemonds' responsibility to buy the tickets, but he changed his routine a bit for this drawing. "I usually buy our tickets somewhere in Houston, but this time I stopped to buy gas in Spring, and it was a spur of a moment decision to go ahead and buy our tickets a day early," he explained. "Now I feel like I'm going to wake up out of a dream."

Spring Texaco, located at 5035 FM 2920, in Spring, sold the winning ticket. The retailer is eligible to receive a 1 percent bonus of $350,000 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

The numbers that matched all six-of-six for the jackpot that were chosen by the group members were: 22-11-33-32-1-2.

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