KS Lotto Winner Heading Back to Work

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) _ Even though he won a Hot Lotto jackpot worth $5.26 million, Larry Barnett says he won't stop working at his towing and body shop in southeast Kansas.

The 59-year-old Barnett said he's most comfortable doing what he's doing -- climbing into his wrecker and going out on calls around Pittsburg. He credits his parents with instilling in him and his siblings an appreciation for hard work.

While he may not be closing his shop, Barnett said he plans to take a weeklong cruise with his grandchildren to celebrate winning the May 31 drawing. He opted for a lump-sum payment of $3.2 million, minus 25 percent in federal taxes and 5 percent in state taxes.

That leaves him with $2.24 million.

Barnett said if he was younger, he'd have taken the big prize as an annuity paid over 24 years.

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