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Albuquerque Man Wins 15 Prizes in One Mega Millions Drawing
An Albuquerque man won 15 prizes totaling $60,000 in one Mega Millions drawing. Steven Traub claimed his prizes in person at New Mexico Lottery headquarters yesterday. "This has made my day," Traub said.

For the July 8 drawing, Traub purchased five plays on three tickets for a total of 15 plays.

On every play, Traub used the ages of his four youngest children and his wife (14, 19, 25, 27 and 49) as his white ball numbers. To complete the plays, Traub selected one from each of the game's 15 yellow Mega Balls.

The winning numbers on July 8 were 14, 25, 27, 48 and 49 and the yellow Mega Ball of 9. On 14 plays, Traub matched four white ball numbers to win 14 prizes of $500 each, totaling $7,000. On one play, he matched four white ball numbers and the yellow Mega Ball to win $5,000. Traub's winnings came to $12,000, but his good fortune didn't end there.

Traub added the game's Megaplier feature to each play. The $1-per play feature multiples non-jackpot prizes between two and five times, depending on the multiplier drawn. On July 8, the number 5 was drawn as the multiplier. Traub's winnings went from $12,000 to $60,000.

The winner discovered his good fortune Tuesday night when he checked his tickets for prizes.

"I sat in my car in disbelief," Traub said. He said he plans to use his prizes to pay bills and travel.

Traub bought his lucky ticket at Pump N Save located at 3600 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.
 
     
 
$30 Million Jackpot Winning Mega Millions Ticket Purchased in Los Angeles Claimed!
After only a week and a half of waiting Los Angeles' newest millionaire has finally come forward.

Leopoldo Choi verified his winning ticket draw at the California Lottery's Van Nuys district office today after he matched all six numbers in the Mega Millions April 4th drawing. Choi takes home a cool $30 million! While Choi has decided to remain low key on what he plans to do with his winnings, we can tell you that the winning ticket was a Quick PickĀ® and Choi has decided to take the cash option of $16.6 million.
 
   
 
Kentwood Woman Claims $1 Million Mega Millions Prize from Michigan Lottery
Walt Disney World and Miami better be ready, because Michigan's latest millionaire is headed to the Sunshine State for a visit.

Cynthia Posey, of Kentwood, claimed her Mega Millions prize of $1 Million at the Michigan Lottery's headquarters in Lansing. She matched the first five numbers with a ticket she bought at the Mother Hubbard Party Store in Kentwood.

Posey learned she won the big prize after checking her ticket with the Lottery's mobile app. She was shocked to see she had matched the five numbers and had to check her ticket a few times before calling a friend to share the good news.

With her winnings, the 61-year-old Posey plans to purchase a new home and car, plus take a trip to Walt Disney World and Miami, Florida, to spend time with her grandchildren.
 
   
 
Maryland Mega Millions Jackpot Winner Claims Prize
The second-largest Mega Millions jackpot prize in Maryland history was quietly claimed late last week.

The lucky Marylander bought one of the two winning tickets in the March 18 drawing for the $414 million Mega Millions jackpot. A Florida couple last week claimed the second ticket, which was sold in their state.

The jackpot gave the Maryland and Florida ticket holders, before taxes, $115.5 million each through the cash option selected by the winners. After taxes, the Maryland winner receives $76.4 million.

"You have to play to win," the lucky Marylander exclaimed, borrowing the slogan used by the Lottery several years ago. "You have to play your lucky numbers."

"We are pleased that Maryland, once again, was home to a Mega Millions jackpot winner," said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. "Everyone benefits when a winning jackpot ticket is sold in Maryland. This jackpot win gave the state of Maryland some welcome and unanticipated tax revenue."

That "unanticipated tax revenue" amounts to more than $10.1 million, thanks to the cash option.

Our winner's lucky ticket came from Lady's Liquors located at 6474 Crain Highway in La Plata. For selling the winning ticket, the retailer receives a $100,000 agent bonus.
 
   
 
FLORIDA'S FIRST MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT WINNER CLAIMS
The Florida Lottery announced today that the members of the Cobie and Seamus Trust Dated April 21, 2014, Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier, both 35, of Merritt Island, claimed a $207 million MEGA MILLIONSĀ® prize from the drawing held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The winners split the $414 million jackpot with one other winner in Maryland, who has not yet claimed his or her prize. The members of the trust chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $115,448,968.00.

"We joined MEGA MILLIONS to offer our players more winning moments ā€“ and that's what we have done," said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell. "Since joining less than a year ago, Florida players have won more than $149 million in MEGA MILLIONS prizes, while simultaneously generating more than $66 million for Florida's students and schools."

The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased from Publix, located at 600 South Courtenay Parkway in Merritt Island. The retailer received a $100,000 bonus commission for selling the $207 million MEGA MILLIONS ticket."

"We didn't know we had won until the next morning when the numbers were on the news," said Collier. I paused the TV and ran to get the ticket to double check the numbers and when I realized they all matched I jumped off the couch in excitement and told Raymond we had won."

"I didn't believe her until I saw the store where we purchased the ticket on the news," Moyer said. "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 winners say they plan on investing, traveling and going to as many Notre Dame football games as they can.
 
   
 
Michigan Lottery Player from Westland wins $1 Million
The Mega Millions April fool's Day drawing was no joke for Michigan Lottery player, Jennifer Krauss, who won $1 Million.

Krauss, of Westland, bought her winning ticket from Take-A-Break Cafe Hamlin and returned to check her numbers earlier today. Afer finding out that she had matched the first five numbers in the Mega Millions game, she could barely contain her excitement.

"I was so nervous, I kept the ticket in my purse," said Krauss. "Then I kept my purse with me all day."

Krauss and her husband plan to use their new found fortune to pay off debt, help their children with student loans, and to donate to charities.

"Maybe we'll redo the kitchen if there's enough left over," Krauss said.
 
   
 
Vietnam Veteran from Charlotte lands $1 million 'Mega' prize
Matthew White, Jr. of Charlotte enjoys his routines. He likes to try his luck matching numbers playing jackpot games, and then checks for the winning numbers in the newspaper on his morning break.

For White, the morning after Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing was anything but routine. He was comparing his numbers when a coworker noticed they matched all five white balls in the drawing.

"Congratulations, you're a millionaire!" the coworker said.

Right away, White called his wife, Maggie, to share the good news. The Whites did not waste any time coming to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to collect the prize money.

"This is a blessing," he said. "I never had any idea this would happen to us."

White purchased the lucky ticket at the Fuel Mart on West Boulevard in Charlotte. He is the 20th North Carolina Mega Millions player to win at least $1 million since the game came here in 2010.

Originally from Kingstree, S.C., White served as a soldier in Vietnam and retired from the Navy. Living in Charlotte, he has worked as a supervisor and a technician for an electrical company that services industrial autotransformers.

The couple said the after-tax winnings of $692,000 will allow them to pay off all their bills, go on more fishing trips, and take a trip to San Diego.

Before winning the lottery, Matthew had already planned to call it a career in December, while Maggie still intends to continue working as a certified nursing assistant.

"When we do retire, we can live more comfortably," he added.
 
   
 
Arkansas player wins $3 Million
Miranda Huffman from Lepanto, AR won $3,000,006 playing Mega Millions with the Megaplier option. She purchased her ticket at 100061 Jordan's Kwik Stop 14, 130 Hwy 135 N, Lepanto, Arkansas. The first person she told was her father and she plans to use the money to build a house.
 
   
 
5 of 6 winning numbers cracks $1M win in Gwinnett County
A Georgia Lottery prize won in Gwinnett County is sparking excitement as one lucky medical assistant welcomes $1 million. Sherilyn Johnson, 46, of Stone Mountain matched the first five winning numbers from the Feb. 28 Mega Millions drawing, winning a $1 million prize.

Johnson used her own lucky combination, which has no significance, to win the prize.

She claimed her prize March 6 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth.

"I was checking new tickets when I ran across an old ticket," she recalled. "I checked the numbers online. I was calm but couldn't believe it."

QuikTrip #0746, 3495 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth, sold the winning ticket.

"I feel great," Johnson shared.

The lucky winner has no immediate plans for her windfall.
 
   
 
Postal worker gets $1 million delivery, plans to pay off home
Clarence Wright, a postman from Greensboro, plans to use the $1 million prize he won playing Mega Millions to pay off his home and save for the future.

Wright's Quick Pick ticket matched all five white balls in Tuesday's drawing, which were 4-23-26-62-69. The lucky ticket, which beat odds of 1 in 18.4 million, was sold at the Spartan BP on South Aycock Street in Greensboro.

"I actually scanned the ticket on Thursday," Wright said. "The scanner said that I needed to claim my prize at the lottery. I thought I had won a few hundred dollars, so I put the ticket back in my wallet. Then this morning I went to Wal-mart and got a haircut and then went to the Greensboro lottery office. That's when they told me what I had won. I was walking around with $1 million in my pocket the whole time."

Wright's win is the first $1 million Mega Millions prize in North Carolina since the game was updated in October. Changes to the game included a new number matrix, bigger starting jackpots and bigger prizes for matching all five white balls. In November, Everette Sloop from Rowan County became the first player in the country to win $3 million playing the new game.

After state and federal taxes were withheld, Wright collected a check for $692,000.

"I tell you this feels great," Wright said as he claimed his prize on Friday. "You play the lottery, but you never think you're going to win. It's hard to believe, but I'm going to believe it all the way back to Greensboro."
 
   
 
 
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