It looks like this lottery player’s big win came at the just the right time. The Mega Millions winner is from Bridge City, Louisiana, and he recently became $1 million richer playing his favourite lottery game. The winner didn’t discover their good fortune all on their own, however. It was a visit from his daughter that made him realise how the rest of his life was about to change.
His name is Samuel Smith, and he bought his Mega Millions ticket for the draw that happened on the 6th of June. The funny thing is, he didn’t realise he had won $1 million, even after checking his lucky numbers against the winning combination after the draw.
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According to Samuel, he was at a lottery retailer when he saw the winning numbers, but despite the fact that he noticed five of his own numbers matched, he didn’t know he was a winner yet. Don’t be surprised. Not many lottery players are familiar with the rules of winning prizes. People don’t realise that you can still win large sums of money even if you don’t hit the jackpot. It all depends on how many lucky numbers you match.
When lottery officials asked Samuel how he didn’t react to his ticket matching so many numbers, he said, “I wasn’t really concerned with it at that point. I don’t know. I just didn’t register. I never thought it would happen to me. Thought it was my eyes playing tricks on me.”
When his daughter came over to visit him later in the day, she saw his ticket and checked the Mega Millions results. To her shock, she told her father that he was a millionaire. Samuel and his daughter celebrated together after checking their results over and over again.
Samuel matched five main Mega Millions numbers on the 6th of June. His lucky numbers were 3-5-16-49-75. He just missed out on the Mega Ball 5. This landed him in the second tier with a prize worth $1 million. Samuel wants to spend his winnings on building a new house on the property which he currently owns with his wife in New Orleans.
Samuel bought his winning Mega Millions ticket from Store 140 on General DeGaulle Drive in New Orleans. Thanks to them selling the winning ticket to Samuel, the store is also receiving a special prize. They’ll be getting a $10,000 bonus!
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