$1 million Mega Millions ticket sold in Central Kentucky

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Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 9:55 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Someone won a million dollars from a Mega Millions ticket sold in Central Kentucky.

While the $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot was won in Illinois, there was one winning Mega Millions ticket worth $1,000,000 sold in Richmond in Friday night’s drawing. The winning ticket matched five of the white ball numbers but not the Mega Ball to win the game’s second prize.

The winner, who wants to stay anonymous, came to Kentucky Lottery headquarters Monday to claim her prize.

“My hands are shaking,” she told lottery officials when handing over the ticket to claims staff. “I had given my mom money to pick up a ticket for me while she was at the store,” she said. 

The next morning, her mom pulled up the winning numbers on her phone and began checking their tickets when she came across the one that belonged to her daughter.  “I saw the numbers match but wasn’t sure how much she had won,” her mother said.

Her mom called her daughter and asked, “What do you win if you have five numbers?”  She looked up the information on the Kentucky Lottery’s website when she realized she was a millionaire.

“I about died when I saw those numbers and started screaming,” the winner said. “This is life-changing.”

After taxes, she received a check for $710,000.

The $10 ticket with five sets of numbers was purchased at Q Zone 3 on Lexington Road in Richmond. The winner chose the Quick Pick option, letting the terminal pick the numbers. The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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