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Wyandotte County couple wins $9.4 million lottery sjackpot

January 14, 2013

A couple in their 40s from Kansas City, Kan., have anonymously claimed a $9.43 million lottery jackpot.

The winners, who asked the Kansas Lottery not to disclose their identities, claimed the prize today at Lottery headquarters, after matching all numbers in the Jan. 12 Hot Lotto drawing. The lucky numbers were 13-15-21-34-35 Hot Ball 4.

“We got home from church yesterday and my husband checked our Hot Lotto ticket on the Lottery's website,” the wife said in a news release. “When he told me we had hit the jackpot, I was quiet for a moment and then I cried. God knows, things have not been easy for us lately financially."

In recent months, the husband had twice won several hundred dollars playing the numbers 9-4-3 on Pick 3, both in Kansas and in Missouri.

“One of my children gave me those numbers to play,” he said.

The winners have three children, but had not yet told them about the jackpot win when they claimed the ticket, saying they wanted to “make sure it was real first.”

The couple elected to take the cash option, which was worth $7,154,940. After 25 percent is taken for federal taxes, and 5 percent for state taxes, the winners will receive a payment of $5,008,458. They plan to use the money to help family members and for their children's education. The couple said they would continue to work.

The winners purchased their lucky ticket at QuikTrip 239R, located at 555 N. 78th Street in Kansas City, Kan. For selling the jackpot-winning ticket, the store receives a $2,500 selling bonus.

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