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Cashier sells self $1M lottery ticket in first week on job

May 24, 2013, 6:52 am

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DONIPHAN, AR — A Southeast Missouri woman wrapped up a big week by taking home a $1 million lottery prize during the record $600 million Powerball jackpot run.

Last week, Mary Jane Hart of Doniphan not only started a new job but also played the lottery and won twice. She first got $500, and then earned one million more on Saturday.

Hart works at the Hartland Pit Stop in Doniphan as a part-time cashier. She sold herself a Powerball ticket when she came into work Saturday because the jackpot had reached a record amount.

"I've always wanted to win a jackpot so that I could go to way more NASCAR races than I go to [now], which is a lot," she said.

Hart used the numbers of some of her favorite NASCAR drivers to fill out her Powerball ticket, which she checked only after getting a call from work.

"Someone had called me and told me that there was a winning ticket at the [Hartland Pit Stop]," she said, "so I went to the convenience store at Poplar Bluff and it said I was a winner."

Hart correctly matched all the numbers on her ticket to those drawn (10, 13, 14, 22, 52) except for the Powerball (11). She is now $1 million richer because of that luck.

"Nobody I know has ever won a million dollars," Hart said.

She plans to use some of her winnings to help out her son and also take a trip to Hawaii.

"That's a lifelong dream to want to go [to Hawaii]," she said. "I think I can do that now."

Some of Hart's coworkers at the convenience store say they're "ecstatic" that of all people, she won.

"It couldn't happen to a better person," said Cashier Sara Barfield. "[Hart] is a wonderful lady and a hard worker, so I'm glad to see it went to somebody deserving."

Despite winning the million dollar prize, Hart says she'll keep working at the convenience store and at her new job as a pharmacy technician, which she started a week ago.

"[My new boss] asked me I might be quitting, and I said no."

She also plans to keep playing the lottery, just as she has every week.

"Everybody needs to play the lottery," Hart said. "It's a proven fact that if you think you can't win, you can."

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Congrats to Mary Jane!!

Remember to flip 6's 9's, mirror front and end #'s, and do front/back3 for a hit!

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    Congrats to Mary, enjoy!

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      Mary Jane works at a pharmacy,how fitting.Congratulations,Mary Jane!!

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        Congrats to Mary Jane! Dance

         

        Smart gal, too. $1m before taxes is not enough to retire on unless you are really close to retirement anyway.

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        singlewinnersinglewinnersinglewinner   

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          Congratulations MaryThumbs Up

          I Love Pink & Green 1908

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            Lucky gal!

              IPlayWeekly's avatar - avatarmoney
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              great story

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                Video report here

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                  This report is inaccurate. The video for this story clearly shows the ticket is a QP, for both the first 5 numbers that she matched and the powerball that she missed.

                   

                   

                  That money's gone fo ever

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                    This report is inaccurate. The video for this story clearly shows the ticket is a QP, for both the first 5 numbers that she matched and the powerball that she missed.

                     

                     

                    Yea, I was wondering why they didn't mention 'the drivers numbers', as I could put these together for current drivers.

                    10 - Danica Patrick -Thumbs Down

                    13 - Casey Mears

                    14 - Toney Stewart Thumbs Up

                    22- Joey Lagano 

                    52 - no current driver for 52 

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                      She might lied to over dramatize her story or
                      She bought another ticket and did pick her own numbers but didn't show it to news reporter or
                      The media completely  misinterpreted her story

                      At any rate, LP should modify the original report

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                        Yea, I was wondering why they didn't mention 'the drivers numbers', as I could put these together for current drivers.

                        10 - Danica Patrick -Thumbs Down

                        13 - Casey Mears

                        14 - Toney Stewart Thumbs Up

                        22- Joey Lagano 

                        52 - no current driver for 52 

                        Ain't Keselowski driving the #52?

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                          I found this story that is really different from the above version.

                          Hart hadn't realized that she had purchased the winning ticket until her ex-husband called her on Saturday. He informed her that a winning Powerball ticket had been sold at Hartland Pit Stop, the convenience store that Hart once owned for 25 years, and where she now works as a weekend cashier.

                          Hart told ABC News that she plays the lottery regularly, but has never won more than the $500 prize she received from a Quick Pick ticket the previous Friday. While she usually picks her numbers based on NASCAR drivers' numbers, she was in such a rush on Saturday that she selected quick pick numbers.

                          ... Full article below.

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                          Cashier Sells Self $1M Ticket: Maryjane Hart, Doniphan, Mo., Woman, Sells Herself Winning Powerball Ticket

                          May 23 2013

                          A cashier in Doniphan, Mo., sold herself a $1 million lottery ticket, just one week after winning $500 off of a Pick 4 ticket.

                          Maryjane Hart, a 57-year-old convenience store cashier and pharmacy technician, won $1 million in last Saturday's $590 million Powerball jackpot, ABC News reports. Incredibly, she had sold the winning ticket to herself.

                          "We're just little common people here in a very poor community, so this has been a very big deal to everybody here," Hart said. "It's the buzz of the town."

                          Hart hadn't realized that she had purchased the winning ticket until her ex-husband called her on Saturday, ABC News. He informed her that a winning Powerball ticket had been sold at Hartland Pit Stop, the convenience store that Hart once owned for 25 years, and where she now works as a weekend cashier.

                          "I said, 'Well I had bought some tickets that morning,' and he said, 'Well, maybe you ought to check them,'" Hart told ABC News. The mother of three then drove to a local store to check her tickets, but still believed that her winnings were only worth $10,000. "I slung that ticket in my purse and got out of there before anybody saw it," she added.

                          Next, Hart stopped at a second store, where both she and the attending clerk recognized that her winning Powerball ticket was actually worth $1 million. After spending 30 minutes on the phone convincing her daughter, Nicki, that she had won, Hart drove to the state lottery office to claim her winnings on Monday morning.

                          "I still didn't believe it until we got to the lottery office and the guy started shaking his head and said congratulations," Hart said.  "Then I knew it was real."

                          Hart told ABC News that she plays the lottery regularly, but has never won more than the $500 prize she received from a Quick Pick ticket the previous Friday. While she usually picks her numbers based on NASCAR drivers' numbers, she was in such a rush on Saturday that she selected quick pick numbers.

                          The 57-year-old is expected to receive a $710,000 direct deposit, the amount that she is owed after taxes. She told ABC News that she plans to use the money on a vacation, "just as quick as my boss will let me take a week." She also plans on spending some of the money on her children, especially her son, David, who suffered severe injuries in a car accident when he was 17. "Last week his Jeep wouldn't run so I had to take him to get groceries and run errands," Hart said.  "I told him I plan on buying him a vehicle that will start every morning. He started crying."

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                            Thanks now we know. The media misinterpreted or gave an incomplete story.