A U.S. Army retiree and veteran of the Korea War has won a $1 million prize in the Mega Millions draw held on Friday September 18. The winner is 73-years-old and from Baltimore County in Maryland but has decided to remain anonymous.
He was one of only three players who managed to match the five main numbers in the September 18 draw. The lucky numbers that made him a lottery millionaire were: 17-34-35-51-65. He missed out on the Mega Ball 7 that could have won him the $20 million jackpot.
Maryland has been a lucky place to play the lottery, just ask Andrew and Elizabeth Pike who have had two big Maryland Lottery wins in recent months.
The lucky winner isn’t a regular lottery player and purchased five Mega Millions tickets from the Giant Supermarket in Owings Mills. James Moren also said he didn’t play lotteries that often but won a $1m Powerball prize last month.
The war veteran is the latest $1 million Mega Millions winner after Michael Hicks from Michigan became a millionaire in the September 11 lottery draw. Also celebrating in the same US State is Linda Tuttle who won her Mega Millions prize in the May 26 draw.
It wasn’t until the Saturday evening that along with his son, he checked Friday’s Mega Millions results and realized he had won $1 million. Not wanting to lose his valuable ticket, he then hid it in a box before heading to Lottery HQ on Tuesday to claim his prize. “My sons were more excited about it than I was” said the 73-year-old. He now wants to use part of his winnings to help non-profit charities.
Recent $750.000 Powerball winner Manuel Apodaca Reyes helped feed hungry people in California with his winnings.
The Mega Millions winner has also published 10 books on Baltimore history and culture, so it’s no surprise that he wants to make a donation to the Diggs Johnson Museum in Granite, Maryland. He also plans on helping his large family which includes four sons and daughters, 11 grand-children and 4 great-grand-children.
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