Forget about Ireland, upstate New York is fast becoming the luckiest place on earth when it comes to playing and winning multimillion lottery prizing. Last month’s super lucky, single ticket winner of the Mega Millions hails from South Fallsburg, and is the third person from Sullivan County this year to take home the top US Lottery prize in the space of just three months.
Real estate broker, Tammy Pratt, bought her winning tickets at the local Mobil gas station in South Fallsburg, and admits to purchasing as many as four Mega Millions tickets and a Powerball ticket after she was inspired by a local winner in her state that claimed the Mega Millions jackpot in January.
Harold Diamond, one of the year’s biggest Mega Millions winners, also resides in Sullivan County and was lucky enough to be the sole winner of the $326 million jackpot prize last month. The retired school teacher said that his strategy was simple; he purchased around 10 tickets and relied on the odds to score a win.
Pratt on the other hand is usually a casual lottery player and only plays the lottery when it reaches and surpasses the $100 million mark; and even then she only purchases one ticket at a time. Because of Diamond’s win, she was motivated to play more lines and purchase more tickets than usual – a tactic that paid off, real well!
“I saw that the person who won the ticket was from my town so I got very excited and I ran to my husband and said the person who won the lottery was from our town,” Pratt said Wednesday. “I looked to where I bought the ticket and said, ‘it’s probably me’.”
It was really fortunate that she decided to play multiple tickets as it was her second line of Mega Millions that contained her winning number match. The winning numbers for the February 27th draw was: 7, 49, 53, 60, 64 and the Mega Ball of 4.
Opting to take her prize as a lump sum, Pratt walks away with $81.6 million – which translates to $54 million cleared after taxes. What does the new-found wealth have in store for the winner?
“I’m going to take some time to think about my plans for my family and for the future,” she says.
Congratulations to the big US Lotto winner whose life and families life is no doubt forever changed. This weekend’s special lottery games of Mega Millions and Powerball are once again steadily creeping toward that coveted nine-digit $100 million mark, with US Powerball at $50 million and Mega Millions at $51 million.
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