Cashier sells self $1M ticket for Powerball in Missouri

May 23, 2013 9:13:01 AM PDT
A record Powerball jackpot inspired a Missouri cashier to sell herself a lottery ticket.

While she didn't win the $600 million, she did collect $1 million. Mary Jane Hart works each weekend at the Hartland Pit Stop in Doniphan. The part-time cashier sold herself a Powerball ticket when she came into work Saturday. The jackpot had reached $600 million.

"I've always wanted to win a jackpot so that I could go to way more NASCAR races than I go to, which is a lot.

She used the numbers of NASCAR drivers to fill out her Powerball ticket, which she checked only after getting a call from work.

"Someone had called me and told me that there was a winning ticket sold at the store, so I went to the convenience store at Poplar Bluff and checked my ticket and it said I was a winner," she said.

She matched every number but the Powerball - meaning she was now $1 million richer.

"Nobody I know has ever won a million dollars," Hart said.

Hart said she plans to use her winnings to help out her son and also take a trip to Hawaii.

"That's a lifelong dream to want to go, so I think I can do that now," said Hart.

Her coworkers at the convenience store couldn't be happier.

"She's a wonderful lady and a hard worker, so I'm glad to see it went to somebody deserving," said cashier Sara Barfield.

Despite winning the jackpot, Hart says she'll keep working both of her jobs.

"He asked me if I might be quitting, and I said no," Hart said.

She'll also plans to keep playing the lottery, just as she always has.

"Everybody needs to play lottery because it's a proven fact that if you think you can't win, you can," she said.


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