(STL.News) – Steven Neuner of Lee’s Summit bought a Missouri Lotto ticket for the Sept. 25 drawing and found himself the sole winner of a $1.2 million jackpot prize, after matching all six numbers drawn that night. His Quick Pick ticket contained the winning number combination of 12, 18, 19, 28, 32 and 42.
Neuner shared that, while he’s played Powerball for a while, he had only just started buying Missouri Lotto tickets about six weeks prior. He also credits a lucky break in the form of his wife’s empty gas tank that led to a change in where he purchased his Lotto ticket that day.
“I wasn’t even supposed to be there,” he marveled, stating that it wasn’t usual for him to buy Lottery tickets at this location. “She just needed gas.”
Neuner made the purchase at Temp Stop, 100 SE Todd George Parkway in Lee’s Summit, but he didn’t realize until two days later that he had won the jackpot prize. That news came with a routine scan of his ticket at another gas station.
“My phone was turned off,” his wife, Suzanne, said. “When he came home, his face… I was like, ‘What did you do? Did you wreck my car?’ And then he just said it, that we won.”
The couple claimed their prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City the next week. They plan to pay off their house with their winnings and put the rest up for their retirement.
The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling a winning Lotto jackpot ticket.
So far in 2019, a Lotto jackpot has been won seven times, with an average jackpot prize of more than $2 million. This Wednesday’s jackpot is estimated at $1.2 million.