Winning Lotto Texas ticket sold in Fort Worth has been cashed in

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FORT WORTH -- For now, secrecy still surrounds the winning $16 million Lotto Texas ticket sold on the southwest side of town on Feb. 20.

What is known is that a group calling itself the T.C. Smith Trust presented the winning ticket to the Texas Lottery Commission this week and claimed the jackpot.

The group quietly picked up the winnings from their Quick Pick ticket. They chose the cash value option, which means they received $11.9 million before taxes rather than $16 million spread out over 25 years.

Members of the trust requested minimal publicity and identified only trustee Daniel L. Moody of Azle, according to the lottery commission.

Speculation has swirled for weeks about the winners, with many saying the trust is made up of a mix of officers who supervise inmates in the hospital, nurses, clerical staff at a local hospital or midnight shift security guards. There may be as many as 21 people sharing in the jackpot.

Latressa Gowans said the one thing she knows for sure is that there's a major case of lottery fever going on right now, at least at the Valero Corner Store where she is manager.

That's the store that sold the ticket that matched the winning lotto numbers of 8, 14, 27, 30, 47, 51.

"Everybody has lotto fever right now. Everybody is trying to win," Gowans said. "Even the people who won that [February] drawing.

"They come here just as much as they did before, about once a day, and they're still buying tickets as a group."

And overall lottery sales -- from Lotto Texas and other drawings to the variety of scratch-off tickets -- are up at that store, at 4150 Bryant Irvin Road, across the street from the Fort Worth Country Day School, she said.

Groups of players seem to be combining their money, as members of the T.C. Smith Trust did, to buy tickets for a variety of drawings. One group of gamblers recently bought $500 worth of tickets at the Valero.

"The sales have pretty much doubled for all the lottery tickets," Gowans said. "I think the luck is still there.

"If it's your time to win, it's your time to win," she said. "Anything is possible."

The store gets a 1 percent retailer bonus -- $160,000 -- and company officials have said it's a Valero tradition to share some of that windfall with store employees.

Before this ticket, the last winning Lotto Texas jackpot ticket sold in Tarrant County was for the May 12, 2012, drawing, when 10 Bell Helicopter co-workers claimed a $28 million prize. They chose the cash option and split $21 million, each taking home $1.6 million after taxes.

The Bell Helicopter winners were the first Tarrant County winners in a decade, lottery records say.

Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley

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