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Missouri man collects $1.7 million jackpot

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Save one person, a retired southwest Missouri man doesn't plan to shower friends or family members with gifts after winning a $1.7 million Missouri Lotto jackpot.

"My family and friends haven't nurtured any sort of relationship with me," said Bill Michael, 66, of Carthage, "and, in my best Jack Nicholson voice, 'What do you think of me now?'"

Michael, who is a retired laborer at a plant nursery, came forward Wednesday to collect his $1.7 million Missouri Lotto jackpot.

Michael let the computer pick his six numbers in Saturday night's drawing. The lucky numbers were: 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 38.

He purchased his ticket at Discount Smokes in Carthage, where he usually stops on Wednesdays and Saturdays to buy $5 worth of tickets. The store will receive $17,000 for the sale.

Michael has no special plans for his winnings, although a shopping trip appeared likely.

"I've been living on a fixed income below poverty level, and this will make a lot more things possible," he said.

But even though he had to ask a former co-worker for a ride to the lottery office in Springfield to file his claim, he doesn't plan any extravagances like a new car. He does, however, plan to buy the former co-worker, a woman at the Botany Shop in Joplin, a tennis bracelet as a thank-you gift.

"It's a good thing she has small wrists," he joked. "Not too many diamonds. Other than that, I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do with it."

And Michael offered this warning for others hoping to benefit from his newfound riches: "Don't call. And I don't need any financial advice."

To date, 196 jackpot tickets worth $1 million or more have been sold since the Missouri Lottery began 18 years ago. Of those sold, 147 were from the Lotto game.


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Bradly_60's avatar - disney37
Atlantic Mine, Michigan
United States
Member #416
June 23, 2002
1614 Posts
Posted: October 21, 2004, 10:33 am - IP Logged

Wow this guy isn't holding anything back.  haha  "What do you think of me know"  I am pretty sure he has gotten a couple of family members wanting to talk to him again.  "Don't call.  And I don't need any financial advice"  This guy is a riot! 


    fja's avatar - gnome1

    United States
    Member #91
    January 19, 2002
    13922 Posts
    Posted: October 21, 2004, 11:24 am - IP Logged

    you gotta love it though....his family probably wrote him off, for him to say that.... I had to laugh out loud when I read the nicholson quote....

    "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields 

      mo money's avatar - batman38
      Member #6069
      August 4, 2004
      221 Posts
      Posted: October 21, 2004, 12:05 pm - IP Logged

      spend it well buddy

        United States
        Member #7853
        October 15, 2004
        11350 Posts
        Posted: October 21, 2004, 8:11 pm - IP Logged

        i could just see

          United States
          Member #1610
          June 3, 2003
          668 Posts
          Posted: October 23, 2004, 12:22 am - IP Logged

          I like this guy! A real breath of fresh air.

          ... the lottery never fails to surprise!
            nitabug's avatar - animaniacs07
            Madisonville Kentucky
            United States
            Member #3754
            February 18, 2004
            21 Posts
            Posted: October 23, 2004, 10:45 pm - IP Logged

            This is why I am always extra nice to lottery players! 


              United States
              Member #7853
              October 15, 2004
              11350 Posts
              Posted: October 24, 2004, 5:14 am - IP Logged

              i wonder how the missouri lottery players feel about the new computerized version of their games.......

                United States
                Member #379
                June 5, 2002
                11296 Posts
                Posted: October 27, 2004, 4:54 pm - IP Logged

                I bet the winner doesn't care.