Tuesday December 31 2013 â€“ The Missouri Lottery has formally introduced the $71.5 million Christmas Day Powerball jackpot winner as Kevin Carlson, 49.
Carlson and his wife claimed their Christmas jackpot from MO Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City the day after the draw and were formally introduced yesterday. Although they declined the opportunity for a press conference, they did chat to state lottery officials who then released a statement on their behalf, which can be viewed here.
As previously reported, Coulson bought his ticket from Autobahn BP, located on 7538 NW Prairie View Road in Platte Woods, who stand to gain $50,000 for selling the ticket. He found out he was the single jackpot winner the day after the Christmas Day draw, when he stopped off for his usual coffee.
â€œEvery morning that I work, I stop to get a coffee and a little something to eat,â€ Coulson told the MO Lottery. â€œThe first time I scanned (the ticket), I didn’t believe it, so I scanned it again. I kind of went nuts!â€ At this point he then checked with store clerk Hanish Kumar, who confirmed the message showed a jackpot win.
Coulson has wasted no time in quitting his job as an auto mechanic, although his wife will continue to work. He told lottery officials he wanted to use his time to figure out what to do with his windfall, which he opted to take in a cash lump sum equating to $38.8 million (before taxes).
Initial plans include paying off some bills, giving their two grown up children some financial assistance and taking a trip for their upcoming 30th wedding anniversary.
The timing of the win couldnâ€™t have been better for Coulson, who celebrated his birthday on Friday December 27. LotteryWorld would love to know what his first birthday present as a millionaire was! Possibly the 1968 Camaro he has always wanted?
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Updated February 9th, 2016