A Boeing aircraft painter who won $1.6 million in the Missouri Lottery will get out of debt and buy a bigger house for his family of seven, but says he will keep his job.
Kenneth Buckner, 56, of University City, MO, used Quick Pick to match all six numbers drawn in the Lotto drawing on May 15.
Buckner, a father of five, told Missouri lottery officials that he planned to pay off debts and buy a larger home for him and his wife.
Staying on the Job
Buckner told PaintSquare News that he had been a painter on multiple types of Boeing aircraft in St. Louis County since the mid-1980s and, despite his winnings, had no plans to quit his job. He declined further comment.
Buckner can collect his prize as either a one-time lump-sum payment of $800,000 (before taxes) or in payments of $64,000 a year (before taxes) for 25 years, a lottery spokeswoman said.
“He's not sure how he's going to take it,” she said.
Buckner told lottery officials that he tries to play Missouri Lotto every day. He bought the winning ticket at a local supermarket. After he saw that he had all six numbers (11, 13, 20, 29, 40 and 42), Buckner said he told his wife, who didn't believe him at first, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
After she got her glasses for a closer look, she exclaimed, “You did.”
Life in Luckytown
“I always told my friends at work that one day I want to go to Luckytown, and I finally made it,” Buckner told the lottery officials.
“Luckytown” is a fictional place featured in the lottery's ads.
Lotto is a twice-weekly draw game with jackpots that start at $1 million and grow until someone wins.