Kelsey Zachow from Mount Clemens bought five Michigan Mega Millions lottery tickets on Friday the 13th and didn’t realise that one was a Mega Millions jackpot winner for 11 days. Read more about Kelsey Zachow and other Michigan lottery news at Lottery24.com.
Zachow had been buying lottery tickets twice a week for the past five years. As part of her usual routine, she stopped at Sonny’s Market in Mount Clemens on her way to work on 13th June 2014 and picked up five tickets; four with her regular numbers and one easy pick (lucky dip).
It wasn’t until 24th June that she realised one was a Mega Millions jackpot worth a massive $66 million. The cashier broke the news that she had ‘won big’. “When the clerk at the store told me I had a big winner I was positive that he was mistaken. There was a long line in the store behind me, so I decided to leave and looked the numbers up … when I got into my car. That’s when I realized I had won the jackpot and could barely breathe.”
The winning numbers were 7, 38, 46, 49 and 56 and the gold Mega Ball 1.
On realising that she did indeed have the Mega Millions jackpot ticket, the one with the easy pick numbers, Kelsey Zachow rushed home to tell her boyfriend, Billy Bartlett. He told reporters that she came speeding home at 100mph and kept screaming, although he couldn’t understand what the news was about. When he double checked her tickets, Bartlett said his jaw “dropped to the floor”. Being a Sunday, Zachow couldn’t claim her prize until the next day, so she kept it in a relatives safe for safe keeping. After first consulting with a lawyer and financial consultant, she went to the Michigan Lottery office to claim her winnings. Zachow decided to accept her jackpot in a lump sum rather than as instalments, which amounted to about $27million after taxes.
Kelsey Zachow, a 24-year-old single mother, spoke at a press conference about her gargantuan Michigan Lottery win. She said she would spend the money on a new house, holidays and college tuition for her younger relatives. She posed for photos with her 7-month-old baby Benjamin, but also has a 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old brother. She was also hoping to travel to Ireland, the family home of her boyfriend of three years, Billy Bartlett. She told the press “I have always wanted an electric blue Ford Mustang, and one day I will get one, but helping my family live comfortably comes first for me.”
Michigan Lottery officials were impressed with her maturity at the press conference. “She seems to have a good plan for her money,” a Michigan Lottery spokesman said.
Before her win, Kelsey Zachow had two jobs; she worked as a medical assistant at Henry Ford Macomb-Clinton, and evenings as a bartender in Mount Clemens, Michigan.
Michigan Lottery officials later discovered that Mega Millions jackpot winner Kelsey Zachow had become the subject of an Instagram scam. “The first 15k followers will receive $1,000” if they follow a few steps” the scam post said. Jeff Holyfield of the Michigan Lottery said “there are more than a dozen Instagrams with similar offers.” He added “These types of scams unfortunately have become common.”
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