The winning Mega Millions numbers came up for the first time in Florida for couple Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier on March 18th, 2014 and it was a day they would never forget. The Mega Millions lottery jackpot stood at $414 million
and they shared it with a winner from Maryland.
Ray didn’t believe his long term partner when she said they had won the Mega Millions lotto jackpot, but then he saw the shop where they purchased the ticket on the news and it gradually began to sink in. Once the couple had got over the shock of having the winning Mega Millionsnumbers, they went to claim their winnings.
Like many lottery participants, they elected for a one time lump sum payment, which for them worked out to be $115 million after tax for their Mega Millions lotto jackpot.
Money put in trust
The cheque for $115 million was paid into the Cobie and Seamus Trust which the couple were part of. Like many lottery winners, they didn’t realise they had matched the winning numbers from the Mega Millions results
until the next morning. Robyn remembers putting the TV on pause to check the numbers and then running to Ray to tell him they had won big time.
Although he didn’t believe her at first, Ray was soon over the moon at having won the life changing amount of money from the Mega Millions lotto. They both said it would enable them to do all the things they had dreamed of. But initially they were trying to keep their feet on the ground – travelling, investing and going to more Notre Dame games was definitely on the agenda – but beyond that they weren’t too sure how they were going to spend the money.
The Mega Millions winning numbers were 11, 19, 24 33 and 51, with the Mega Ball of 7 and the store on Merritt Island that sold the ticket also received a $100,000 bonus. Ticket sales for the draw topped $16.9 million for educational programs in the state. Since its beginning of the state lottery in 1988, over 1,300 people have been made millionaires.
Moyer summed it up for the couple saying: “It was definitely a shock, but it is an incredible blessing that will allow us to do many things we would not have had the opportunity to do before.”
The mystery winner
In truth, more media coverage was showered on the second recipient of the March 18th Mega Millions lotto jackpot, as reporters tried to find out who had won big in Maryland. It was a whole two months before the winner came forward and accepted their prize anonymously, much to the disappointment of the media who wanted to know more.
All they did find out was that the winner took the lump sum option like Raymond and Robyn, and that the ticket had been bought at a liquor store on Crain Highway – they received a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Not a lot for all their efforts.