By Todd Northrop
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas man who stopped to get gas and a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Kansas City, Missouri is now $50 million richer.
According to a news release from the Missouri Lottery, Hira Singh of Shawnee, Kansas, claimed the jackpot in Jefferson City this week.
The Quick Pick ticket Singh bought at the QuikTrip at 6641 E. Truman Road in Kansas City matched all six Mega Millions numbers drawn on March 12. Those numbers were 10, 12, 16, 49, and 57 with Mega Ball number 18.
"That's where I get gas," Singh said, sharing that he often fuels up his vehicle and buys Lottery tickets at the E. Truman Road QuikTrip location as he travels back and forth to work.
He also purchases Mega Millions tickets on the other side of the state line in Kansas, but it was the Missouri Lottery ticket that proved to be the biggest winner — something Singh didn't realize for several days following the Tuesday drawing.
He only found out he won while using a Check-A-Ticket machine Saturday.
"I prayed upon my God and then scanned it," he told the Missouri Lottery. "Then I checked it like three more times!"
Singh claimed his prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City just days later, "still surprised" by the win on his Quick Pick ticket and thinking about how to best use the prize money.
"It's so much fun to see our players win," said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. "Mr. Singh is our 515th Missouri-Lottery made millionaire, and because this Mega Millions win happened in Missouri, the state will collect approximately $1.2 million in state income tax on his lump-sum prize."
The win is also good news for the retailer. QuikTrip will receive a $50,000 bonus check as a result of selling the jackpot ticket.
Singh's win marks the second Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold in Missouri since sales for the game began in 2010. The first ticket was purchased by a Noel resident in July of 2015.
Congrats Mr. Singh.
He didn't waste any time collecting that prize.
No lawyers, accountants or financial planners for him.
Nice payout for QuikTrip.
What was his rush?
Media here just said Radcliff, KY man who won the million Powerball secondary prize Wednesday wants to stay anonymous.
may he llap🖖
Gets to pay income tax in two states instead of one. However as a resident of Kansas I can't help smiling at the gain for Missouri and whatever loss Kansas incurs. I'm just across the Missouri River from a gas station that sells lottery tickets and thanks to what Kansas Lottery Commission recently did to their website, I'm going to buy my future tickets out of state.
" What was his rush? "
Perhaps this is his modus operandi BD. He dreamt of winning one day, he's ship comes in, he had plans originally in place, why hesitate? You know that commercial for an oil change " Get in, get out, get on with your life!" He put those words to practice. Seems normal enough.
I realize this isn't income per se. For instance where I retired from was right across the river from Indiana (Kentucky). These two states have reciprocation rights when it comes to workers working in the other state. In other words, they don't end up being taxed twice. Can the same thing be said of lottery wins. I vaguely remember it being discussed on LP before...help a future lottery winner out here, please!
You are correct. If you live in one state and play in another state, your net state income tax will be the higher of the two states' rates. You don't pay double state taxes.
Thank you, Todd.
Will be checking NJ jackpots for late May when we take the comp flight to Borgata!
Another Quick Pick win. Congratulations to Mr. Singh.
The state where you purchased the ticket gets their state tax first. If you live in a different state from where you purchased the ticket and that rate is higher, there will be an offsetting credit and you will pay the difference.
For example your buy ticket in State A with a 5 % rate, they get their taxes first. And you live in State B with an 8% rate, they get 3%
I know some states do not have reciprocity agreements with other states but many do. If not, you will have to apply for a tax exemption. Indiana and kentucky have a reciprocity agreement.
That's true if the states do not have a reciprocal agreement. You pay the state taxes in the state your purchased, and then you claim a credit for those taxes paid on your state tax form in the state where you live. (Which is why I said earlier that you will pay a net state tax rate of the higher of the two rates.)
If the two states have a reciprocal agreement then you will typically pay just your home state tax rate and owe nothing to the state you purchased in.
I do not believe Kansas and Missouri have a reciprocal agreement, so this winner will likely have to pay the net of the higher of the two rates, which is Kansas at 5%.
Death and Taxes.... two things you can't avoid.
If one don't get ya, the other will!
You would be willing to give up your chance to be play in a state that lets you remain anonymous over the website? It must be pretty awful!
"If the two states have a reciprocal agreement then you will typically pay just your home state tax rate and owe nothing to the state you purchased in."
Reciprocity agreements are usually about earned income, and somewhat based on the idea that everything balances out because each state gets to fully tax the out-of-state income of their residents in exchange for not taxing the income of the non-residents. As unearned income I'd expect lottery winnings to be taxable in the state in which they're won.
South Carolina doesn't have any reciprocal agreements anyway, but the state tax bill on the record MM jackpot should be over $60 million, with very little chance that losing that money to another state would be offset by a SC resident winning a similar amount in that other state. I'm pretty sure that NJ's decision to start taxing NJ lottery prizes just a couple of months after a group of NJ residents won $216 million wasn't a coincidence. If SC did have an agreement with a border state and lost out on that money I suspect we'd see a quick change to that agreement, and that any other states with a similar agreement would follow suit.