DONIPHAN, AR (KAIT) – A Southeast Missouri woman wrapped up a bigweek by taking home a piece of the record $600 million Powerball jackpot.
Last week, Mary Jane Hart of Doniphan not only started a newjob but also played the lottery and won twice. She first got $500, and thenearned one million more on Saturday.
Hart works at the Hartland Pit Stop in Doniphan as apart-time cashier. She sold herself a Powerball ticket when she came into workSaturday because the jackpot had reached a record amount.
"I've always wanted to win a jackpot so that I could go toway more NASCAR races than I go to [now], which is a lot," she said.
Hart used the numbers of some of her favorite NASCAR driversto fill out her Powerball ticket, which she checked only after getting a callfrom work.
"Someone had called me and told me that there was a winningticket at the [Hartland Pit Stop]," she said, "so I went to the conveniencestore at Poplar Bluff and it said I was a winner."
Hart correctly matched all the numbers on her ticket tothose drawn (10, 13, 14, 22, 52) except for the Powerball (11). She is now $1million richer because of that luck.
"Nobody I know has ever won a million dollars," Hart said.
She plans to use some of her winnings to help out her sonand also take a trip to Hawaii.
"That's a lifelong dream to want to go [to Hawaii]," shesaid. "I think I can do that now."
Some of Hart's coworkers at the convenience store say they're"ecstatic" that of all people, she won.
"It couldn't happen to a better person," said Cashier SaraBarfield. "[Hart] is a wonderful lady and a hard worker, so I'm glad to see itwent to somebody deserving."
Despite winning the million dollar prize, Hart says she'llkeep working at the convenience store and at her new job as a pharmacytechnician, which she started a week ago.
"[My new boss] asked me I might be quitting, and I said no."
She also plans to keep playing the lottery, just as she hasevery week.
"Everybody needs to play the lottery," Hart said. "It's a provenfact that if you think you can't win, you can."