Kennedy Howard from Montgomery, Alabama, knew exactly who he wanted to be the first to learn the great news that he won a $1m Mega Millions prize.
Howard matched the five main balls in the October 24 Mega Millions draw. His winning numbers were: 02-14-21-28-55. He recalled the moment when he discovered he’d become a lottery millionaire: “I dropped to my knees and thanked God when I found out I won. I haven’t told anyone yet, but my mother will be the first person I tell.”
He purchased his winning Mega Millions ticket from a 7-Eleven store in Clinton Township, Michigan. He plans on using his money to help his mother retire, and to refurbish her home in Detroit. The lucky winner comes from Detroit but is currently serving in the U.S. Army. After paying off some of his bills, he plans on saving the rest of his Mega Millions winnings.
Meanwhile a lucky ticket holder could possibly miss out on a $1m Powerball win. The winning ticket was sold at a Quick Mart located on North Middletown in Rockland County, New York last December, but will expire on December 11, exactly a year after the draw that saw the ticket win that $1m second tier prize.
New York lottery officials are still hopeful that the Powerball winning ticket will be claimed before the dreaded expiry date. “Maybe someone forgot they purchased a lottery ticket or they simply discounted it because it wasn’t a jackpot winner. Either way, one million dollars is life-changing money, and we want to help find these winners before it’s too late,” said Yolanda Vega from the New York Lottery.
There were seven $1m winners in the December 11, 2013 draw. The winning numbers were 01-10-13-18-19 and the Powerball 27. The unclaimed ticket isn’t alone though as there are currently 13 other unclaimed tickets sold in the city all worth $1m each. A ticket sold at the Star Wines and Liquors in Monroe will expire on January 5, 2014.
Last year saw three unclaimed Powerball winning tickets. The money from unclaimed prizes goes back into the New York Lottery for future prizes.
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