When Pamela Ivey, 42, of Georgetown, purchased her Mega Millions ticket for the $380 million January 4th drawing she expected to only pay $5. However, the clerk told her the ticket cost $10. The Megaplier feature had been accidentally added, according to a news release from the Kentucky Lottery.
"I glanced at her name tag and it said Susan and I thought, 'Oh Susan, don't do that to me,'" Pamela told lottery officials. Although she hadn't asked for the prize multiplier feature, she took the $10 ticket anyway.
By taking the ticket, Pamela won the game's second prize of $1 million because the $250,000 was multiplied by the Megaplier number of four.
She put her ticket aside and didn't check it until Thursday morning, two days after the drawing.
After looking up the winning numbers on the Internet and hearing that there was a winning ticket sold in Georgetown, Pamela was convinced she had won.
"I dropped to my knees and praised God," she said after finding out she was a millionaire.
"This was perfect timing," she and her husband William told lottery officials. The couple has a son who will be graduating high school this year so some of the winnings may go towards his college tuition. They also plan to pay off bills and give some to their church.
"Now that we're here, its reality now," Pamela said.
The Scott County resident walked out of lottery headquarters with a check for $690,000 after taxes.
She purchased her Mega Millions with Megaplier quick pick ticket at Apple Market #5010 in Georgetown. The store will receive $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.