Ronnie Parker was going about his day job when he realized that he was a Mega Millions winner! The 65-year-old from Dawson Springs, Kentucky won $1 million after matching 5 white ball numbers, which meant he got the second prize available on the night. Despite being officially retired, Ronnie was working for his son-in-law’s towing business because he prefers to stay busy and help out where he can.
The story of precisely how he found out the winning numbers and came to the realization that he was the winner is even better though. Due to the nature of the towing work that Ronnie helps out with, he’s often present at accidents on the road to tow vehicles away. That day, Ronnie was there where a semi had overturned and it was the police officer present at the scene who mentioned that someone had won a million dollars.
Ronnie mentioned that has had bought a ticket, and that’s when the officer read out the winning numbers from the night before on his phone. That was the moment when Ronnie first realized he was a winner and was soon to be a millionaire. Ronnie understandably rushed to where he bought the ticket to check that this was all real, and when he did so, the person behind the counter told him that yes, he had won. The store also received $10,000 for supplying the winning ticket, so they received a victory out of it too.
Until the win, Ronnie had been living paycheck to paycheck, so he freely admitted that the win would change his life and alleviate any of the money worries that he might otherwise had experienced. The story of how Ronnie found out about his win is certainly heartwarming, but knowing that this hard-working retiree is going to benefit from it for the rest of his life is even more so.
As a self-confessed workaholic, Ronnie might still carry on helping out with the family business, but when he does so, he’ll know he won’t be doing it for the money or because he has to, and that’s always a good feeling. The draw took place on October 16 2018, and Ronnie’s winning numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61 and 69, with a Mega Ball of 9. This is just one example of how lives can be permanently changed for the better by a big lottery win, and there are plenty of opportunities for this to be you.
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