Winner Almost Throws Out $250K Mega Millions TicketWednesday, July 6th, 2011
West Virginia resident lucky in Western Maryland
After seeing a message directing him to Lottery Headquarters while checking his Mega Millions ticket, the unknowing winner almost threw the ticket away. “I was about to toss it in the trash, but then thought that maybe the message meant something other than it was a non-winner.” After seeing the banner in the store reading, “$250,000 winner sold here!” the man decided to go home to double check his numbers. “I had everyone in my family check the numbers to be sure I was seeing it right,” the winner exclaimed. His eyes were not deceiving him; he had matched all of his numbers except the Mega Ball, making him a $250,000 second-tier Mega Millions winner.
During his regular morning commute to Maryland from West Virginia on June 30th, the 40-year-old man decided to stop and purchase a few Mega Millions and Powerball, never expecting to strike it rich. “I cashed in a $3 winning Powerball ticket, and decided to use the money to purchase more tickets. I first told the retailer to give me one Mega Millions ticket, and two Powerball tickets.” The winner continued, “But then, I saw that the jackpot for Mega Millions was larger and decided to purchase two Mega Millions and only one Powerball. Lucky I did, because that second ticket made me $250,000 richer!”
When asked if he has any immediate plans for the money, the man excitedly said he plans to buy a new GMC Sierra truck and to go on a hunting trip in the fall. The winning ticket was purchased at RG’s Food Shop, located at 14730 New George’s Creek Road in Frostburg.