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Kansas City, North mechanic identified as winner of $71.5 million Powerball jackpot

Updated: 2013-12-31T14:34:16Z

By MIKE HENDRICKS

The Kansas City Star

The first thing Kevin Carlson of Kansas City did after winning last week’s $71.5 million Powerball jackpot was to hoot, holler and then quit his job as a mechanic.

Next on his list after paying bills, helping his grown kids financially and planning an anniversary trip with his bride of soon-to-be 30 years is buying his dream car, a 1968 Camaro, and looking to the future.

“Now that I don’t work, I plan to use my time to figure out what to do with the money,” Carlson told Missouri Lottery officials when claiming his prize last week at lottery headquarters in Jefferson City.

It was the sixth-largest win in Missouri since the state’s voters approved establishment of the lottery in 1984. After taxes, the lump-sum payment amounted to $28 million, lottery spokeswoman Susan Goedde said.

Carlson was not publicly identified as the winner of the Christmas drawing until Monday in a news release. Goedde said Carlson did not want to speak with the media directly, but he did provide officials with some details, such as the fact that he also celebrated his 49th birthday a day after collecting his check.

Carlson bought the ticket at Autobahn BP at 7538 N.W. Prairie View Road. He visits the Northland convenience store most mornings for coffee and a bite to eat.

When he stopped by last Thursday, he hadn’t realized he had the winning ticket.

“The first time I scanned it, I didn’t believe it. So I scanned it again,” he told lottery officials. “I kind of went nuts.”

The owner of Autobahn BP gets $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

To reach Mike Hendricks, call 816-234-4738 or send email to mhendricks@kcstar.com.

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