Joseph Ruiz from Kansas, USA, won $10,000 in the Mega Millions draw held on Tuesday August 28 but he so nearly didn’t buy a ticket for that draw.
The Kansas resident revealed that he had returned home on the evening of the draw and completely forgotten to buy a ticket. That all changed though when he received a phone call from a friend asking him if he’d purchased any tickets for the upcoming Mega Millions draw. A woman from Maryland, USA, used numbers that paid tribute to a late friend and it helped her win a $50,000 Bonus Match 5 prize.
Even though he’d been reminded of the Mega Millions draw, he still wasn’t too keen on going out again and buying a ticket. That opinion didn’t last long though as he explains: “Once he put it in my mind, I decided last minute to run to the store and get a ticket.” Richard Davies from Wales also left it late to buy the ticket that won him £1m playing EuroMillions. In Canada, Clint Kennedy thought he’d missed the deadline but was just in time to buy his $1m winning Lotto Max ticket. An Irish syndicate also left it late and nearly missed out on their €381,863 EuroMillions win.
The Mega Millions winner is a regular player of the lottery and he usually buys them in the morning from a QT store close to where he lives. However, this time around he went to a Casey’s store as that’s even closer to his home. So, new time and new store and he ended up winning a $10,000 Mega Millions prize. No wonder he joked: “I guess I should change my routine more often!”
The winning numbers in the August 28 Mega Millions draw were 03-20-33-34-41 and the Mega Ball 20. Joseph’s ticket matched four of the main balls and the Mega Ball to win him $10,000. The delighted Mega Millions player says that the win couldn’t have come at a better time for him. His winnings “will go a long way towards my bills and debt” and “provide some nice relief for me financially.” Bill Blokhuizen and Jerri Briggs from Canada said their $500,000 Lotto Max win would take “a lot of weight off their shoulders.”
The next Mega Millions draw takes place on Friday September 7 and after a rollover in Tuesday’s draw will have a $187m jackpot. For your chance of becoming next winner, purchase your tickets online at Lottery24.com.