Cashier Sells Self $1M Ticket; Used NASCAR Numbers

May 22, 2013 4:56 pm Last Updated: July 18, 2015 5:20 pm

A Missouri cashier sold herself a winning lottery ticket worth $1 million.

Mary Jane Hart of Doniphan played the lottery at the Hartland Pit Stop and won twice, but the second one is what landed her the million-dollar prize, reported KAIT-8 TV. She first won $500.

“I’ve always wanted to win a jackpot so that I could go to way more NASCAR races than I go to [now], which is a lot,” she told the station.

Hart, a mother of three, said she used the numbers of some of her favorite NASCAR drivers for the lottery.

“Someone had called me and told me that there was a winning ticket at the [Hartland Pit Stop],” she said. “So I went to the convenience store at Poplar Bluff and it said I was a winner.”

Hart, who also works as a pharmacy technician, won the $1 million as part of the record $590 million Powerball jackpot.

“We’re just little common people here in a very poor community so this has been a very big deal to everybody here,” Hart said in reference to her hometown, which has a population of 2,000, reported ABC News.  “It’s the buzz of the town.”

Hart added that she would also like to visit Hawaii.

“That’s a lifelong dream to want to go [to Hawaii],” she told KAIT. “I think I can do that now.”

When asked if she would quit her two jobs, Hart said she wouldn’t.