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Retired Couple Win $19 Million on the Mega Millions Lottery

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Mega Millions lottery winners, Joe and Sue Claffy had no intention of playing the lottery until the cashier asked them if they would like to buy a ticket. They bought a $6 Quick Pick for the 15th May 2009 draw, which gave them the lucky Mega Millions numbers of 7, 12, 24, 36, 48 and a Mega Ball of 27.


Joe and Sue Claffy, bought their wining Mega Millions lottery ticket in Virginia whilst on a quick trip to their favourite grocery store, Martin’s Food Market at 409 South Street in Front Royal.

The retired couple were absolutely stunned when they learnt that their lucky Mega Millions numbers had won them $19,000,000. Sue said she felt completely numb and almost fell to the floor, when they checked their tickets and saw that they had won the Mega Millions lottery.

The Mega Million winners from Virginia shared the $38,000,000 jackpot with another winner who bought their Mega Millions lottery ticket in the state of California. The Claffy’s came forward on 21st May 2009 to claim their prize and were presented with a dummy cheque by Virginia Lottery Executive Director, Paula Otto. Martin’s Food Market was the lucky recipient of $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.


The Claffy’s did not want any publicity regarding their Mega Millions lottery win but they have decided to take the cash payout, rather than take an annual annuity. Joe Claffy did say, “I’m going to give most of it to the family, buy her a little present, she’s going to buy me a little present and then I’m going to put the rest of it into the bank and decide what I’m going to do with it after taxes. Joe Claffy used to work in the construction business and Sue worked in law enforcement.


The Claffy’s were the second Mega Million lottery winners from Virginia in the month of May. There was a jackpot win of $75.6 million from a ticket bought on 1st May 2009, by Joe Dennett from Spotsylvania County, who also had lucky Mega Millions numbers.

“Mega Millions players are on a hot streak,” said Paula Otto. “So far in the month of May, there have been two jackpot winners and three $250,000 winners in Virginia. That’s in addition to the biggest winners with the Virginia Lottery: Virginia’s K-12 public schools.”