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Waco resident buys winning lotto ticket

Nov. 17, 1999

By ARON WATMAN

Reporter

As of Monday, Waco is home to at least one millionaire. On Saturday, the winning ticket for the $4 million Lotto Texas jackpot was purchased from Lee's Quik-Pak convenience store in Waco.

So far, no one knows who the lucky winner is. The winning ticket has yet to be claimed; however, there is no shortage of theories about the lucky winner's identity.

'There's a lot of speculation as to who bought the winning ticket,' said Dale Quiroz, assistant manager at Lee's Quik-Pak. 'Everyone's been coming into the store with different stories.'

The numbers for the winning ticket are 3-14-38-40-47-50. If the winning ticket isn't claimed within 180 days from the date of purchase, then it becomes void.

'I can't imagine how I'd feel if I had the winning ticket and didn't realize it until after it had expired,' Quiroz said.

This is the first million-dollar winning lotto ticket purchased in Waco since 1995. In 1998, two Central Texas residents, from Gatesville and Copperas Cove, won separate lottery jackpots.

'I think it's great somebody won in Waco and that we sold them the winning ticket,' said Sharon Doggett, a Lee's Quik-Pak employee.

It's not only great for the nameless winner but also for the owners and employees of Lee's Quik-Pak.

Of the reported $4 million jackpot, store owners B.C. and Son H. Lee will receive 1 percent, or $40,000. Doggett said that his boss is promising 1 percent of the $40,000 to his employees, which Doggett figures will be around $280 each after taxes. She said she plans to spend the money on bills.

Even if the identity of the winning ticket holder is never revealed, the owners of Lee's Quik-Pak will still receive their money.

Both Doggett and Quiroz said they have purchased lotto tickets in the past but have never won. Doggett doesn't feel that the recent win has ruined her odds of winning.

'It's all in how you pick the numbers,' she said. 'It could happen again, and if it does, I hope it happens to me.'