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Mary Jane Hart sells self $1 million Powerball ticket in Doniphan, Mo.

7:33 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
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By Will Dupree

DONIPHAN, Mo. (KAIT/CNN) - A record Powerball jackpot inspires 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, Mo.

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 said.

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," said Hart.

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

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

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



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