Zippy Vonier, from Thomasville, Georgia, was the lucky winner of the Mega Millions lottery jackpot on 27th November 2012. His winning Mega Millions numbers, 5, 12, 26, 42, 49 and 24, ensured that he collected a cheque for $50 million.
Zippy is a 55 year old construction worker whose main job is working with septic tanks. Vonier is definitely going to retire. His wife, Betty Jo, is a wellness director at Southern Pines Assisted Living Home. Betty Jo loves her job and doesn’t intend to retire at the moment despite their Mega Millions lotto success. Zippy and Betty Jo Vonier have 2 children and 3 grandchildren to spoil.
Zippy Vonier bought his winning Mega Millions lottery ticket from Susie Q’s 0001, 13091 US Highway 319 North. Vonier said, “We got the numbers from a random Quick Pick years ago, and we just kept playing the same numbers. We have played the same numbers, twice a week, at the same store for ten years.” Susie Q’s owner, Tommy Patel, has a 12 store franchise and is happy to say that this is the largest winning lottery ticket they have sold in any of their stores. Unfortunately, there is no bonus payment for the store.
“I got up at 5.30 as usual and checked the tickets about 15 minutes later,” Zippy Vonier told the press conference, “I thought maybe it was an error. I had to read it four or five times to verify that I was looking at it.”
“My wife was cleaning her teeth and I told her to come and sit down. It was then that I told her, Honey, we won the Lotto.”
Betty Jo Vonier was in a state of shock about the Mega Millions lottery jackpot win and all she could say was, “Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. I can’t believe this.”
Zippy Vonier and Betty Jo were already extremely happy and in a celebratory mood before the Mega Millions Lotto win, because their son, who is marine, had just returned safely from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The Mega Millions lottery Jackpot for 27th November 2012 was originally going to be $49 million but it crept up to $50 million after all the sales were tallied. Zippy Vonier was presented with his ceremonial cheque at Susie Q’s on the Friday after his win. He is taking the cash option which is $38,197,097 before taxes.
“It does not feel real, it feels like I’m in a dream world, it really does. It’s a dream world, but it’s a good thing,” Zippy said. He added that he would use some of his Mega Millions lotto money to pay his outstanding bills first. “We’re not going to do much right now. Just sit back and weigh our options.”