Terry Barnett with his oversized check
|For Immediate Release||Contact: Micaela Small 630-486-0658|
Roodhouse, IL—August 6, 2013 —“Every time I buy a Lotto ticket I say a prayer and hope to win,” said Roodhouse resident Terry Barnett. “And it happened, I really did win. I’m still shocked and numb!” The Illinois Lottery’s newest millionaire matched all six numbers — 07 — 10 — 14 — 22 — 32 — 41 — to win the $6.2million jackpot prize in the July 6 Lotto drawing.
Barnett bought his winning ticket July 5, the day before the big Lotto drawing, but it wasn’t until more than a week later that he discovered he was $6.2 million richer. He and his wife Ramona went to Clark Gas in Jacksonville to fill their gas can for the lawn mower. When Barnett went into the store to pay for the gas, he asked the clerk to check his ticket. “The gal behind the counter told me I had won the big one!” When he returned to the car and told Ramona the news, “We just sat there and stared at each other not knowing what to do… and then I remembered that I didn’t pay for the gas!”
The couple has been married 37 years and has lived in Roodhouse for the past seven years. They plan to pay off their mortgage and “take care of our kids” by sharing the windfall with their four children and four grandchildren. During his 33 year career as a diesel technician working on towboats, Barnett travelled extensively. “I’ve always wanted to take Ramona to see Alaska and the Grand Canyon and now I can.”
“We wish Terry and Ramona all the best, as they realize their dream-come-true travel plans,” said Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones. “Theirs is a wonderful journey-in-progress with an ever-evolving, anything’s-possible storyline courtesy of the Illinois Lotto game.”
The winning ticket was purchased at Clark, 103 Comfort Drive in Jacksonville. Today, Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones presented Barnett a ceremonial $6.2million check. He also presented Clark a ceremonial check for $62,000, their bonus for selling the winning ticket. Barnet chose to take his prize as a one-time cash option. He will receive $4,258,240.60 prior to required state and federal withholding.
Barnett has been playing the same randomly-chosen numbers for over 10 years. When asked if he had advice for other Lottery players, the lucky Lotto winner said, “I believe that if you keep playing the same numbers, sooner or later they’ll come up.”
About Illinois Lottery
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed $18 billion to the state Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old.