The winner of the 180 million Mega Millions has stepped forward to claim his prize. Fifty three year old, Rick Knudsen came forward after realising that he had in fact scooped the incredible $180 million Mega Millions jackpot prize. Rick has opted for the lump sum cash option, which is $107 million before tax.
The lucky Mega Millions numbers Rick picked were: 05,31,34,41,74 and Mega number 03
Ricks winning streak
A few days prior to Rick’s astronomical Mega Millions jackpot win, he had been on a winning streak at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
Prior to his win, Rick kept buying goods that totalled even numbers. Being a numbers freak, he knew Lady Luck was on his side and thought now would be the perfect time to buy a lotto ticket.
"I bought something and it was $6 even. No change. And then later on that morning, I bought something somewhere else and it was $9 even. Five different places that day I didn't pay any change. The totals were all even amounts," Knudsen said in a news release. "I'm a numbers freak and that all means something in my head. So I said, 'I gotta stop somewhere and buy a (lottery) ticket.'"
Before he had a chance to double check his lottery ticket, he met his children at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and said “"Everywhere I played I won! I played on seven different machines (ironically lucky seven – the same number of even-money purchases he had made) and I won on every single one of them. I said I'm getting out of here!"
The following morning, Rick received a call from his sister telling him that someone from their area had won the Mega Millions jackpot. She asked him if he had bought a ticket and he confirmed that he in fact did.
Rick quickly double checked his lotto ticket and “Oh my God.' I looked at the numbers three different times and I just about fainted! My family and I were yelling and hugging. We drove home. It took 45 minutes but it felt like an entire day – felt like we were driving in the river!"
Rick has worked in the roofing business for the past 35 years, and not surprisingly said its time to quit. With a 180 Mega Millions jackpot win, I think anyone would be more than comfortable quitting their job and begin living life exactly how you imagine it to be. Rick said, "It was bittersweet. When you like your job – I'd been working there since I was 19.”
When asked what he would do with his jackpot win, Rick said that he would help his church by buying them a new roof. After that he plans to enjoy his life and help his five children and three grandchildren.
I wonder if Rick will still be looking to see if his purchases total up to even numbers, or whether the total of 180 million (even number) will be just fine.
As you can see, lucky streaks are what you make of them. If you feel that Lady Luck is sending you a message then don’t ignore it. Play those lucky numbers, it might just be your chance of winning big!
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