A Medal Madness Free Play Voucher Leads to Mega Millions Win

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Ursula Padgett - Mega Millions

Dunkirk resident Ursula Padgett celebrates her $250K second-tier
Mega Millions win with her daughter.

Dunkirk Woman Wins $250,000 Second-Tier Prize

There were two winning $250,000 second-tier tickets sold for last Friday’s Mega Millions drawing and 78-year-old Ursula Padgett had one of them. On top of that, her ticket was free, thanks to the Medal Madness promotion.

The retired Anne Arundel County School System employee seemed a bit shaken up telling Lottery Officials her story. Ursula was purchasing her regular Pick 3 and Pick 4 tickets, while doing some grocery shopping, when she received a $5 free play voucher.  Although she doesn’t normally play Mega Millions, she decided to use this voucher for Mega Millions tickets.

The lucky player checked her ticket the next day after receiving a print out of the numbers. “I was a bit nervous when I saw all the matching numbers,” she said. “Even more nervous, though, when I saw the Mega Ball was off by one number.” If she had matched the Mega Ball, she would have won the jackpot. “I am still so very grateful.”

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Ursula was accompanied by to Lottery headquarters by her daughter, Dana. “My mom is so sweet. This could not have happened to a better person,” said Dana. Ursula said she will use her winnings towards some bills and to fix her car. But, other than that, she said she doesn’t know exactly what she’ll do with the rest. The winning ticket was purchased at Shady Side Market, located at 1481 Snug Harbor in Shady Side.

  • Shauna

    aww how cute. Congratulations to her. Now if I could win this big game. lol Happy Playing!!

  • eva

    I won $10 and was told I could only use it towards KENO, pick3/4 so I don’t understand how she could have use it to purchase Mega million? Something’s not right about this story. Maybe the lottery officials can clarify this? evejob500@comcast.net.

    • Anonymous

      Eva: The free play vouchers were eligible for all terminal games.

  • I dont understand how this lady could buy Mega Million Tickets with her free play. It clearly says on the free play ticket, it can only be used to purchase… pick 3, pick 4 or KENO… I was told could not use it for Mega Millions. Does anybody else know that?

    • Anonymous

      Bridgette: Any terminal game was eligible to play with the free play vouchers.

  • fcmooney

    will trade xtra silver medal madness for a gold if you live in the severn/glen burnie area email me at wunqueen@hotmail .com if interested

  • Betweenstarandmoon

    Do you want to make extra money?


    I am so happy to read about Mrs Ursula. She is a wonderful person that is more deserving of this reward.

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  • Dhicks1962

    Good for her!!!

  • Sheeramurray35

    Congratulation on your winnings!!!!

  • Mrs Anderson

    God Bless you Ms. Ursula! Congrats!