March 1, 2012
Greenwood couple combines MEGA MILLIONS® with MEGAPLIER® to make $1,000,000
Dover, DE - A 65-year-old woman and her husband, Delaware natives from Greenwood, won a quick million dollars this week playing MEGA MILLIONS® with the Delaware Lottery.
"My husband and I are both regular lottery players," the woman noted. "We normally play MEGA MILLIONS®, POWERBALL® and MULTI WIN LOTTO - just a few dollars on each."
But even as regular players, the fortunate couple could not have dreamed about what would happen when they purchased a MEGA MILLIONS® ticket with the extra $1 Megaplier® option at the Royal Farms in Greenwood on Feb. 25. Purchased for the Feb. 28 drawing, it was not until the next day that the winners realized they had something special.
"I arrived home after being out in the morning," said the woman. "The ticket was next to the couch, and I thought 'The numbers aren't underlined' which is our usual way of noting which ones matched the drawing."
Her husband, who had left the ticket on the table, had recognized the win, but not the enormity of the prize.
"I said, we'll wait and see what happens," he joked.
"We had won $1,000 a long time ago," said the wife. "But we figured we would come to Lottery Headquarters and find out."
Upon claiming their prize on March 1, the couple learned that their luck was good enough to match the five MEGA MILLIONS® numbers - and combined with the Megaplier® option, quadrupled their initial $250,000 win.
With the realization of their big win, the couple began to make plans.
"We're going to pay off the mortgage," they said in unison. The thrill of victory, they noted, has been a quiet one, at first. "We haven't even told our children yet," said the wife. "But I can't keep secrets, so I'm sure it will be within the week."
When asked if they would continue to play the lottery, both shook their heads enthusiastically.
"I'll probably buy a ticket tomorrow," said the woman. "I'm not giving up - because for $1, you never know when you're going to win!"
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